Valerie Thorsen is the San Joaquin Valley Program Manager at CALSTART. She manages project work for the region and drivs stakeholder and community engagement in advancing clean technologies while developing environmental justice nd equity approaches. She is an air quality professional with 8 years of experience in regulatory analysis, permitting and compliance. Prior to joining CALSTART, she managed the air quality permitting team and developed programs at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. Valerie also worked as a consultant at Environmental Resources Management developing emission inventory frameworks and engaging clients to meet compliance requirements. She holds a B.S. in environmental engineering from the University of Florida and a M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon as well as an M.B.A.