Climate Action Reserve Advisory Board of Directors
Gary Gero is a member of the Advisory Board of Directors for the Climate Action Reserve and retired from his role as President of the organization in January 2016 after having served in the position for nearly nine years. Gary led the organization through its transition from the California Climate Action Registry and then drove the launch and growth of the Climate Action Reserve into the leading offset project registry in North America.
Prior to joining the Reserve, Gary managed the Green LA programs at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the largest municipal utility in the nation. In that capacity, he redesigned and restarted the Solar PV Rebate Program and oversaw a significant expansion of the energy efficiency programs. His role also included managing the advanced transportation, green power, distributed generation, and tree planting programs.
Gary’s career includes nearly 20 years of work in local government, primarily in the City of Los Angeles where he served as Air Quality Director and subsequently Assistant General Manager for the Environmental Affairs Department focusing on climate change, sustainable development, energy policy, and alternative fuel vehicles.
Gary serves on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters and serves on the Steering Committee of the California Sustainability Alliance. He was a member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee and served for 6 years on the City of Glendale Planning Commission.
Gary holds a Master of Science degree in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and a pair of undergraduate degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.