JOHN VALERI, JR., Esq.Chair / Representing: PUBLIC
Years on the Council: May 7, 2015 to present
Day job employer: Chiesa, Shahinian & Giantomasi, PC
Occupation: Attorney – Member and Practice Group Leader of the Environmental Law Group
Education – degree(s) and school: Bucknell University, 1987, B.S. in Chemical Engineering, magna cum laude, Tau Beta Pi; New York University School of Law, 1990
Why is serving on the Clean Air Council important to you?:
Serving on the Clean Air Council allows me to contribute to the improvement of New Jersey’s air quality, and assist the Commissioner of NJDEP in developing policies which will continue that improvement well into the future. The Council has produced many reports on a variety of timely air quality issues directly impacting New Jersey citizens. Many of our recommendations have been incorporated into clean air policies and influenced new legislation. I am fortunate to have been involved in this important work.
New Jersey has done much to improve air quality in the past several decades. Much more needs to be done, particularly to protect our most vulnerable citizens, while at the same time advancing our economy in the State. These issues are complex, evolving, and influenced by so many factors, such as the policies of our upwind state neighbors. I am afforded a great opportunity to work with the best NJDEP staff, as well as Council colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, to work on these extremely important clean air issues.