Virgil Welch has worked at the forefront of California’s landmark efforts to address climate change, cut air pollution and promote clean energy for more than a decade. He values innovation, partnerships, and pragmatic approaches to addressing challenges.
In 2008, Mr. Welch was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as Special Counsel to Chairman Mary D. Nichols at the California Air Resources Board. He was reappointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the same position in 2011. Virgil worked with a wide array of government, private sector and non-governmental organizations to achieve a number of groundbreaking climate, clean energy and air policy advancements.
Mr. Welch also served as an attorney at Environmental Defense Fund in Sacramento, California where he helped to spearhead the passage and implementation of Assembly Bill 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.
He is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Policy in Austin, Texas.