Daniela Simunovic is a recognized leader on environmental justice issues with more than 15 years of experience developing programs and policies to achieve social, economic and environmental equity across California.
Throughout her career, Daniela has led cutting edge policy campaigns and engaged hundreds of grassroots leaders in complex regulatory processes resulting in stronger regulations for communities disproportionately impacted by pollution. As the Deputy Director of Environmental Health and Justice at the Liberty Hill Foundation she coordinated the coalition of environmental justice organizations that successfully passed the “Clean Up Green Up” ordinance in the City of Los Angeles, designating three toxic hotspot neighborhoods as “Green Zones.” Most recently at the California Strategic Growth Council, Daniela led the development and implementation of the Transformative Climate Communities Program, a place-based initiative investing multi-million dollar grants in the State’s most environmentally and socio-economically vulnerable communities.
Daniela has deep roots in the San Joaquin Valley, where she worked for the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment developing grassroots leaders in rural, low-income, farm worker communities; and co-founded Communities for a New California, a non-profit organization promoting increased civic engagement of underrepresented communities.
Daniela received her master’s in urban and regional planning from UCLA, and a bachelor’s in sociology from St. Mary’s College of California.