SACRAMENTO -- The California Air Resources Board today appointed an internal manager with decades of state experience at numerous agencies as its new executive officer.
"James Goldstene has the right blend of experience and diplomacy to help lead the ARB. Over his many years of state service, he has been fair, thoughtful and progressive - all qualities that will allow him to make tough decisions in helping guide ARB through this crucial period of its history," said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. "I look forward to working with him closely, particularly as we move ahead on tackling climate change. I also want to acknowledge the terrific job that Tom Cackette did as acting executive officer during my first few months on the job."
As Executive Officer, Goldstene, will be responsible for the agency's day-to-day operation, including directing the staff to carry out Board policy, assisting its members and overseeing preparation of technical material for Board consideration. The Executive Officer also reviews legislative proposals and represents the ARB before other governmental agencies, public and private organizations and the Legislature.
Goldstene, 44, holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Government from California State University, Sacramento, where he currently serves as part-time faculty in the Government Department.
He has served a dual role during his tenure with the Board. In 2006 he was brought on as a specialist to coordinate the Board's involvement in California's Smog Check program. Later, he also began serving as Senior Advisor to the Board's Office of Climate Change, responsible for providing policy guidance and direction for the implementation of AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.
Prior to his appointment to the ARB, Goldstene served as Deputy Chief at the California Department of Consumer Affairs' Bureau of Automotive Repair where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Bureau, which regulates automotive repair dealers and administers the state's Smog Check program. His career history also includes key management positions with the Bureau of Barbering and Cosmetology, State Contractors License Board, the California Pollution Control Financing Authority and other financing authorities in the Office of the State Treasurer. Goldstene also served as Lt. Governor Leo McCarthy's environmental advisor in the early 90s.
The Air Resources Board is widely recognized as the nation's leading state air pollution control agency, with an annual budget of over $750 million and more than 1,200 employees. The Board has set some of the nation's most advanced air quality standards and developed some of the most innovative emission reduction strategies for cars, trucks and buses. Most recently, the Board has been tasked with reducing climate change emissions.
Goldstene replaces Catherine Witherspoon, who resigned from the position last summer.
The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.