Margo Reid Brown
Margo Reid Brown was first appointed to the California Integrated Waste Management Board by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 and was unanimously confirmed by the California State Senate. She was reappointed to a second term by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2009, and her current term expires January 1, 2013. Under her leadership, the Board has assumed a more aggressive role in furthering the State’s goals relating to waste reduction, sustainability, and climate change. The State achieved the landmark 50 percent waste diversion target and has now reached 58 percent, making California the nation’s leader in recycling and diversion, and an undisputed model around the world. Notably, the Board has energized the relationship between sensible waste handling practices and global warming. As a member of the Governor’s Climate Action Team, the Board has brought expertise to the AB 32 Scoping Plan with a focus on expanded diversion in the commercial sector and the reduction of methane generated from waste disposal activity. Chair Brown has also led targeted efforts to expand the Board’s impact, with new initiatives such as extended producer responsibility, and disposal-based compliance for waste handling that provides a bottom-line barometer for the state’s recycling revolution. Chair Brown has also directed the Board’s efforts in setting new goals for reducing waste among critical material types such as organics, construction waste, and scrap tires. The Board has also expanded its market development efforts, and conducted exploration of new technologies that have the potential for expanded waste diversion, clean energy sources, and greenhouse gas reductions. She is chair of the Board’s Strategic Policy Development Committee, and sits on the boards of Keep California Beautiful and California Green Summit. In addition to her tenure on the Board, Chair Brown has spent many years in positions of leadership working with local jurisdictions and strengthening community service. She was founder and president of Capitol Ideas Development Corporation, specializing in community relations and fund development consulting. She is also a past president of the Junior League of Sacramento, and served as a board member of Prevent Child Abuse California, Sacramento Capitol Club, and Putting Our Children First neighborhood alliance. She is a 1985 graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in international relations and political science.