Virgil Welch

Special Assistant to the Chairman

California Air Resources Board


Virgil Welch serves as Special Assistant to the Chairman at the California Air Resources Board. Prior to joining ARB, he was an attorney at Environmental Defense in Sacramento, California where he focused on the organizationís legal and policy efforts related to the implementation of Assembly Bill 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.


Virgil has worked on numerous environmental and energy policy issues before the California State Legislature and a number of state regulatory agencies.  He also served under the former Chief Justice of Tanzania, Francis Nyalali as a liaison to the United States government on human rights and judicial reform issues.


He is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Policy in Austin, Texas.