Greg Vlasek, Assistant Secretary for
Local Program Coordination and Emergency Response
Greg Vlasek was appointed as the Assistant Secretary for Local Program Coordination and Emergency Response in June 2017. He has worked in government service for ten years, first with the California Air Resources Board’s Office of Legislative Affairs, then as Chief of the Office of Emergency Response in the Board’s Monitoring and Laboratory Division.
Greg is responsible for the state’s Unified Program that establishes standards for hazardous materials, hazardous waste, underground storage tank and accidental release management and oversees the 81 delegated local government agencies that enforce those standards. He is also responsible for coordinating CalEPA’s response to statewide emergencies.
Greg’s broad-based industry and government background is well-suited to his responsibilities. He began his career in 1981 as an environmental program manager with Southern California Gas Company, developing industry standards for hazardous material and waste management, environmental auditing protocols, and GIS techniques for evaluating Superfund sites. He was promoted in 1989 to become the company’s environmental affairs liaison to CARB, where he assisted in quantifying and certifying emissions reductions of natural gas vehicles and heavy-duty engines. He moved to Sacramento in 1994 to assume the executive director role for the business advocacy group, California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition. While there, he played a pivotal role in advancing clean fuel incentives, such as HOV lane access legislation, the Carl Moyer Program and CARB’s low carbon fuel standard. In 2001 Greg joined the natural gas production firm Wagner Brown as a regional sales manager. In 2004, he moved to the Sacramento Association of Realtors as public affairs director before joining CARB.
Greg graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Environmental Studies and Geography.
Greg resides in Sacramento.