San Francisco Department of the Environment
Debbie Raphael was appointed by San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee to be Director of the city’s Department of the Environment. As Director, Debbie works in close collaboration with other City agencies to implement San Francisco’s Climate Action Strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% from 1990 levels by 2050. Previously she was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown as Director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and as Program Director of the San Francisco Toxics Reduction and Green Building Program. Debbie is a scientist by training and public servant by profession, having spent 20 years in public service working to develop public policy and programs that protect human health and the environment.