Senior Regional Planner and Clean Cities Coalition Director
Alison’s professional goal is to reduce the environmental footprint of cities, companies and individuals and has addressed this goal through research, implementation and project management in a variety of sectors and subject areas, all with the theme of environmental improvement and sustainability. Alison is a Senior Regional Planner at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) where she works on transportation, sustainability, resilience, and environmental justice. As a Clean Cities Program Director, she focuses on strategies and partnerships to advance zero and near zero emission technologies across modes such as passenger, transit, freight and new mobility. She also leads the SCAG Accelerated Electrification Team, Clean Technology Program and Resilience Policy Lab to set a regional vision for a zero emission transportation system and to support the region in implementation. She has served on the California EPA’s Electric Vehicle Battery Recycling Committee and is currently teaching Nature in the Urban Environment as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California. This course provides students tools to incorporate natural processes into planning decisions and covers subjects such as the water cycle, urban habitat, parkland, equity and environmental regulations. Linder received her PhD in Urban Planning from the University of Southern California where she focused her dissertation work on corporate environmental responsibility and the motivations for greening efforts.