Tania Pacheco-Werner, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Central Valley Health Policy Institute at Fresno State

Dr. Tania Pacheco-Werner is Co-Director at the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at Fresno State. She was appointed to the California Air Resources Board in December 2020 and also serves on the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. Dr. Pacheco-Werner is a health policy researcher by training, with a focus on the effects of neighborhoods on health. She has published articles on the effects of air quality on maternal-child health, and has policy publications on the relationship between air quality mitigation and residential segregation. She is an expert in community engagement for policy efforts, most recently involved in the Fresno economic equity initiative DRIVE (Developing the Region’s Inclusive and Vibrant Economy). She is a Mexican immigrant and as someone who grew up in some of the most impacted neighborhoods in Fresno, CA, has first-hand knowledge about public health challenges due to air pollution.