Diane Takvorian
Co-founder and Executive Director
Environmental Health Coalition

San Diego State

B.A., Psychology (1974)
M.S.W., Social Work (1976)
  • Takvorian is co-founder and executive director of the San Diego/Tijuana Region's Environmental Health Coalition (EHC). Since 1980, EHC has worked to reduce pollution and improve the health and well-being of thousands of people in underserved, low-income communities.
  • Takvorian is also a co-founder and steering committee member of the California Environmental Justice Alliance, a statewide coalition of grassroots organizations working to achieve environmental justice by advancing policy solutions. Her work has significantly influenced state law and public policy.
  • For decades, her leadership has led directly to environmental and quality-of-life improvements for all Californians, especially those with limited resources. In the 1980s, EHC helped pass a right-to-know law governing hazardous materials used by industries that has also been used to map health and environmental threats to neighborhoods.
  • ​A recognized environmental justice pioneer, Takvorian was appointed to the California Air Resources Board, charged with protecting the public from the harmful effects of air pollution and with developing programs and actions to fight climate change. She was also recently inducted into the California Social Work Hall of D​istinction. ​

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