Felicia Federico

Felicia Federico D.Env.

Executive Director

California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA


UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, 619 Charles E. Young Drive East, LaKretz Hall – Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA

Campus Mailcode: 149606


Dr. Federico is the Executive Director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA. Felicia has over 30 years of combined experience in academia, consulting, and the private sector, managing science and engineering projects. Her interdisciplinary education combines expertise in engineering and environmental sciences with an understanding of the legal, policy, economic and social science elements critical to addressing complex environmental challenges. Dr. Federico is skilled at organizing interdisciplinary teams, integrating project elements, and communicating technical information clearly and effectively. Focus areas include: water, energy, climate change, ecosystem health assessments, and environmental impacts of industrial activities on disadvantaged communities.


  • University of California, Los Angeles: Doctorate, Environmental Science and Engineering
  • University of California, Los Angeles: M.A., Geography
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.: B.S., Mechanical Engineering 

Selected Reports and Publications

Federico, F., Rauser, C.L., Gold, M., 2017 Sustainable LA Environmental Report Card for Los Angeles County: Energy and Air Quality. (publication scheduled for Q1 2017)

Federico, F., Mazor, R., Lee, L., Ostermann-Kelm, S., Stream Water Quality Monitoring Protocol for the Mediterranean Coast Inventory and Monitoring Network of Southern California, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Channel Island National Park. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/XXXX/NRTR—20XX/XXX National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. In Review.

Gold, M., Pincetl, S., and Federico, F., 2015. 2015 Environmental Report Card for Los Angeles County

Federico, F., S. Ostermann-Kelm, C. Brigham, and P. Bunje. 2012. A collaborative science agenda on climate change for Southern California coastal national parks. Natural Resource Report NPS/MEDN/NRR—2012/583. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. 

Stein, E.D., Federico, F., Booth, D.B., Bledsoe, B.P., Bowles, C., Rubin, Z., Kondolf, G.M., Sengupta, A., 2012. Hydromodification Assessment and Management in California.  Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Technical Report 667, April 2012. 

Federico, F., Luce, S., Ambrose, R.F., 2007. A Multi-Metric Index for Evaluating the Condition of Riparian Corridors. Water Environment Federation Technical Conference Proceedings, San Diego, CA, Oct 2007. 


Coupling Community Knowledge with Big Data Tools to Facilitate Equitable Energy Transitions

Building on work conducted under a California Energy Commission grant, data on building energy use, rooftop solar potential, grid capacity, and socio-demographics will be integrated to assess the potential for low income and disadvantaged communities in Los Angeles county to support climate smart transitions, including vehicle electrification, solar generation (rooftop or community-scale), storage, and appliance...

Los Angeles Sustainability Plan

The County of Los Angeles is developing the first county-wide sustainability plan, and has contracted with UCLA, in collaboration with the engineering firm Buro Happold, and with Liberty Hill Foundation. The UCLA team includes the CCSC, the UCLA Law School and the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge. CCSC is providing expertise in the development of goals...

An EPIC Challenge: Accelerating the Deployment of Advanced Energy Communities

In 2016, the California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded an Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) grant to UCLA to accelerate the deployment of Advanced Energy Communities (AECs). In partnership with the County of Los Angeles, the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN), The Energy Coalition, Day One and LACI, the UCLA team has developed an innovative...