Ms. Verdugo-Peralta has served as the
Governor's Appointee to the South Coast
Air Quality District Governing Board.
Appointed in April of 2000, by Governor
Davis, she became the first Hispanic
female to be appointed to this prestigious
and powerful Board. She was unanimously
confirmed by the Senate in April 2001,
becoming the first individual to be
confirmed to this position in approximately
eleven years, and was reappointed and
confirmed to a second term in 2003.
Ms. Verdugo-Peralta served on several
South Coast AQMD standing committees
including Local Government & Small
Business, Permit Streamlining and Technology.
In addition she chaired the Ethnic Community
Advisory Group, which includes the African
American, Asian Pacific Islander, Latino
and Native American Caucuses.
Ms. Verdugo-Peralta previously represented
the SCAQMD as Chair on the Steering
Team of the California Fuel Cell Partnership
(CAFCP). In 2004, she was selected to
represent all 35 state Air Pollution
Control Districts on Governor Schwarzenegger's
Hydrogen Highway Net Advisory Panel.
Due to her in-depth knowledge
of Energy, the Environment, and Clean
Transportation Technologies, she has
made several presentations on these
subjects, both domestically and internationally.
This included the World Hydrogen Energy
Conference in Montreal, Canada, where
she was asked to present a white paper
she authored on Accelerating Hydrogen
Refueling Infrastructure by Jointly
Harnessing Resources with CNG Refueling
Stations. In addition she has
served on the California Stationary
Fuel Cell Collaborative and represented
the South Coast AQMD for the DOEs
International Partnership for a Hydrogen
She is a recipient of the following awards:
Ms. Verdugo-Peralta also previously
served as President of the Executive
Board of Directors for the Asthma and
Allergy Foundation of America, California
Chapter. She is also past President
of Professional Hispanics in Energy,
a non-profit organization providing
energy and environmental information
to the Latino community.
Ms. Verdugo-Peralta is a native Californian
who is concerned about improving our environment,
while balancing the needs for a healthy economy.