Laila Atalla is an environmental scientist and economist who develops tools to guide investments in housing and transportation. In her current role at the California Air Resources Board, she provides technical expertise to implement programs that mitigate climate change, promote inclusive economic development, and advance environmental justice. Laila collaborates with colleagues at the Strategic Growth Council and the California Conservation Corps to support a just transition to a low-carbon economy and address California's parallel housing and climate challenges. She is especially interested in intersections between environmental and equity goals and state and local land use policy. Her recent projects include modeling greenhouse gas emission reductions associated with affordable housing developments and estimating the economic co-benefits of investments in transit and active transportation.
Laila earned an MSc in Sustainable Development and Environmental Economics from the University of St. Andrews and a BS in Environmental Sciences and Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Emory University. Prior to joining the California Air Resources Board, Laila conducted field research on biodiversity loss at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory and interned with the Climate and Health Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When not working, Laila enjoys baking sourdough, cycling, kayaking, and backpacking.