peggy nguyen

Peggy Nguyen

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Serving the public and environment by teaming up with policymakers, scientists, engineers and more

Peggy has been studying and working on issues relating to the environment for the last 20 years. Her main areas of interest have been environmental education and stewardship, municipal environmental management, and ecological restoration. For the last 11 years, she has worked for the City of Los Angeles. Her work responsibilities have included project and program management and technical support roles in advanced planning/development involving stakeholder engagement in decision-making, sustainability planning and implementation tracking, legislative analysis and advocacy, strategic planning and implementation tracking, conservation and wildlife management including restoration program implementation and management, renewable energy/construction air quality hazards/air quality management, hazardous materials management, water quality management, and executive management support/advising. She has served on two National Research Council panels that resulted in guidance publications regarding wildlife and stormwater management at airports, and has developed conceptual vision plans and implementation plans, and specifications for greener services for the City of Los Angeles. 

Prior to her work with the City of Los Angeles, she worked in the fields of environmental restoration and education. Over the last 20 years, she has worked on restoration projects in Death Valley, the Mojave Desert, and in Los Angeles in forest, riparian, wetland, coastal dunes and prairie ecosystems. She has also worked with grade school students (K-12) to develop environmental knowledge and stewardship through the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts programs, and in public school an educator. She currently serves as an environmental specialist in regulatory affairs, and the strategic planning oversight coordinator for LA Sanitation. She is also assisting the City of Los Angeles’ Mayor’s Office of Sustainability with implementation of the biodiversity strategy initiative, and is performing a gap analysis of the Sustainable City pLAn for LASAN.

Peggy has previously earned a M.S. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from U.C. Berkeley, an M.Ed. from UCLA, and a Graduate Academic Certificate in Restoration Ecology from the University of Idaho. She completed her science/math foundational coursework at Harvard University as a pre-med, and earned a B.A. in Psychobiology/Psychology.

Her interest in environmental science and engineering is broadly interdisciplinary and deep, and she hopes to dive deep during her doctoral studies and work on interesting interdisciplinary project teams to help to put in service to the public the best available integrated policy, science, environmental management and engineering and technological solutions for challenging environmental problems.