Ricardo Lara, Commissioner, California
Commissioner Ricardo Lara has a long record as one of California’s most effective environmental champions, passing laws that promote innovation and investment in clean air, embrace equity, protect waters from oil drilling, and keep California at the forefront of confronting global climate change. He wrote the nation’s first climate insurance law to protect Californians from climate-linked environmental disasters like wildfires, extreme heat waves and sea level rise, and is Co-Chair of the Climate Risk and Resilience Executive Committee Task Force at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Commissioner Lara received the 2017 U.N. Climate and Clean Air Award with California Governor Jerry Brown for his groundbreaking work to create California’s short-lived climate pollutant strategy.