Colleen Callahan is director of the Leaders in Sustainability Graduate Certificate Program. This program is based in the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and is open to any graduate student; students from two dozen distinct disciplines participate. Colleen also serves as deputy director of the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, which conducts research and advises civic partners on the design and implementation of policies, plans and programs with a focus on advancing sustainability.
In this role, Colleen develops, directs and communications results from research projects on climate action, clean transportation, environmental justice, and more. In addition, Colleen is co-founder and board member for the Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative. She has over a decade of experience with environmental health policy and planning in California, including previously as manager of air quality policy for the American Lung Association of California. She is a Switzer Environmental Fellow, recipient of the Neville Parker award from the Council of University Transportation Centers, and co-recipient of two national awards from the American Planning Association. She holds a M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA and a B.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Occidental College.