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Alberto Ayala began his tenure as the Air Pollution Control Officer and Executive Director of the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) on July 17, 2017.  In this capacity, Alberto now leads a team of dedicated professionals focused on advancing the region towards cleaner air and a sustainable future.  The SMAQMD provides regional leadership protecting public health and the environment from the adverse effects of air and carbon pollution and implements economically sensible policies for achieving the state’s air quality and climate goals.  Under the direction of the SMAQMD Board of Directors, Alberto and the team will prioritize contributing to the expansion and acceleration of the region’s sustainability efforts and ensuring the continued implementation of the agency’s long-standing and successful rules, programs, and operations.

 

Alberto came to the Air District after 17 years with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), serving most recently as its Deputy Executive Officer responsible for the state’s ambient air quality monitoring program and the agency’s laboratories.  He directed regulations for equipment and vehicle emissions reductions, including the state's widely recognized low emission vehicle standards and efforts on sustainable transportation electrification.  Alberto was also responsible for low carbon transportation investments and incentives for vehicle technology advancement.  Before becoming a deputy, Alberto served in various senior management and technical staff capacities in monitoring, mobile sources, and research.

Prior to CARB, Alberto was a member of the engineering faculty at West Virginia University, where he still holds an Adjunct Professor appointment, and a Design Engineer for Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical. He has published extensively in scientific journals, is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker, and occasionally lectures in English or Spanish as a Visiting Professor in the U.S. and abroad. Alberto holds B.S.('91), M.S.E.('93), and Ph.D.('97) degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Davis. His internships were with GE's Corporate Research Center in New York, the California Energy Commission, and the Atmospheric Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory at UC Davis.

​Under direction from the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for overall management of the SacMetro AQMD . This includes overseeing establishment of policies and procedures, formulation of alternatives and recommendations, overall management of personnel and resources and development and implementation of air quality related programs.

The SacMetro AQMD organizational structure, shown below, is comprised of the Offices of the Executive Director and District Counsel and four operating divisions: Administrative Services; Program Coordination; Communications, Land Use & Mobile Sources (COLUMS); and Stationary Sources.

 

 

​Contact Information

​Office of the Executive Director
777 12th Street, 3rd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 874-4800

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