Pacific Environment Applauds Confirmation of Yana Garcia as Secretary for Environmental Protection

Date: March 1, 2023

SACRAMENTO (February 29, 2023) – Today, Yana Garcia was confirmed  by the CA Senate Rules Committee as the Secretary of Environmental Protection for the State of California, where she oversees the state’s efforts to fight climate change. Secretary Garcia has a proven track record of environmental leadership and advocacy.

She has served in numerous roles in the environmental and health sectors, including as the Deputy Secretary for Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs at the California Environmental Protection Agency and has crafted and implemented environmental policies as a policy advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom.

Statement from Teresa Bui, State Policy Director for Climate, Pacific Environment:

We are thrilled to see such a strong champion for environmental justice be confirmed to serve as the Secretary of Environmental Protection. The state of California has much to do this decade to address the climate emergency and we look forward to working with Secretary Garcia to protect California’s port communities and accelerate the decarbonization of the ocean shipping industry.”