About Francisco's Work

Francisco Dóñez works in the Air Division at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9, splitting his time between downtown Los Angeles and his home office in San Bernardino County. He leads the Ports and Railroad sector workgroup for the West Coast Collaborative, a public-private partnership to reduce air pollution from heavy duty diesel engines. Other recent assignments have included stationary source air pollution rules and regional haze state implementation plans. A part-time educator, he taught in the Environmental Analysis program at Pitzer College from 2014 to 2017. He has championed and facilitated environmental justice and diversity and equity perspectives within EPA and other organizations, and currently facilitates the Switzer Network's Race & Equity Reading Group webinars. Francisco spent his early career at EPA headquarters in Washington, DC, where he performed economic analysis of environmental regulations, and coordinated climate change policy and research collaborations with the Mexican government. He completed his Ph.D. in Energy and Resources at the University of California, Berkeley in 2010. His dissertation examined a controversy over haze pollution in Big Bend National Park in the 1990s through combined lenses of air pollution science and border environmental politics. A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, his prior academic training included an S.B. in mechanical engineering from MIT, and an M.S. in public policy from Georgia Tech.