Nancy Steele

Nancy Steele


Dr. Nancy L. C. Steele uses the tools of science and policy to catalyze change towards sustainable and resilient urban environments. Her career includes environmental regulatory policy-making and urban watershed research and education. She is currently Director of Conservation for Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy, along with continuing her private practice as a consultant. She serves on the boards of the Marine Conservation Research Institute and Infrastructure Funding Alliance, where she is also the interim Executive Director. Her past experience includes serving as the Executive Director of Council for Watershed Health and enforcing environmental laws and developing policies at various California environmental agencies, including the Air Resources Board, DPH Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevent Branch, and Department of Toxic Substances Control. She served as the Air Resources Board Deputy Ombudsman from 1997-1999. She has been honored as a Stanton Fellow of the Durfee Foundation and Switzer Fellow of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, along with receiving a "Women in Business" award in 2010 from the 21st Senate and 44th Assembly Districts. Nancy co-founded the Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy in 2000 and served as its President and CEO through 2011. She and her husband, Bruce, run a beekeeping business, Chaparral Mountain Honey Company. Nancy earned her doctorate in environmental science and engineering from University of California, Los Angeles; her M.S. from Arizona State University; and her A.B. from Occidental College.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
University of California, Los Angeles, D.Env
Current Position:
Director of Conservation at Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy
Air Quality
Environmental & Public Health
Land, Open Space, Smart Growth
Water Resources

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