Romel Pascual serves as the Deputy Mayor of Environment, Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, where he is responsible for developing and implementing the Mayor’s environmental and energy agenda. He is a senior adviser on all environmental priorities for the mayor, including climate change, environmental justice, green economy, open space, brownfields redevelopment, and sustainability. Prior to coming to the Mayor’s office, Romel served as California’s first Assistant Secretary for Environmental Justice from 2000 to 2004, and as the Regional Coordinator of EPA Region 9’s Environmental Justice Program. Romel’s involvement with environmental issues began in community organizations and grassroots leadership. He has worked with Urban Habitat and with the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) and has served on several environmental organization boards. He holds a master's degree in City and Regional Planning from U.C. Berkeley.