Professor Stephanie Pincetl, an authority on urban sustainability, has been named to the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission, which acts as an advisory body to the L.A. Board of Supervisors on all planning matters, and on ordinances related to zoning and subdivisions. Her appointment was made by L.A. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, a former Regents Professor in Public Policy at UCLA.

A professor-in-residence at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Pincetl is the founding director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA. Her research focuses on urban sustainability and the interaction between cities and ecosystems. She has written extensively about land use in California, environmental justice, habitat conservation efforts and water and energy policy.

With expertise in bringing together interdisciplinary teams of researchers across the biophysical and engineering sciences with the social sciences to address problems of complex urban systems and environmental management, Pincetl currently holds a leadership role in the UCLA Grand Challenges research initiative, where she also serves as a member of the Spatial and Discipline Integration and Biodiversity committees.

Pincetl earned her B.A. and M.A. from UC Davis and her Ph.D from the UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning.