Tuesday, December 2, 2014

BOMA San Francisco's Energy & Environment Committee Members Meet with SF Environment Director Deborah Raphael

BOMA San Francisco Members,

BOMA San Francisco's Energy & Environment Committee recently met with the San Francisco Department of Environment Director, Deborah Raphael.  Deborah was recently appointed by Mayor Ed Lee.

As Director of SF Environment, Raphael will work with the City’s diverse residents and businesses to take an active role in protecting and enhancing their homes, businesses, and the urban environment. SF Environment develops innovative policies and practical environmental programs that promote social equity, protect human health, and lead the way toward a sustainable future. 

About Deborah Raphael

Governor Edmund G. Brown appointed Raphael as the Director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) in May 2011. In her tenure with DTSC, Raphael was responsible for the protection of human health and the environment from the impacts of toxic chemicals and hazardous waste and led a department of over 1,000 employees in 9 offices with a $200 million annual budget. Raphael led the successful programmatic and financial transformation of DTSC and focused on innovation by reviving California’s efforts to protect consumers from toxic chemicals in everyday products through the Safer Consumer Products initiative.

Raphael received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology/Plant Ecology from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s degree in Physiological Plant Ecology from the University of California at Los Angeles.

After college, Raphael worked at the Exploratorium in San Francisco for five years, where she was an exhibit designer in life sciences. She joined the City of Santa Monica as an environmental program manager before she joined SF Environment to provide leadership on groundbreaking programs that reduced the use of toxic chemicals and improved green building standards.

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