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Dr. Julia Lester has over 21 years of experience in environmental services. She joined Ramboll in August 2004, after over 14 years at the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). She has substantial expertise in air quality planning and analysis, including emission inventory assessment, air quality modeling, health risk analysis and control strategy development, assessment and implementation. Her experience has given her a broad understanding of air regulatory issues for ports; transportation goods movement project proponents; sanitation and wastewater utilities; biomass conversion and waste‑to‑energy facilities; crop and animal agriculture; fugitive dust planning agencies; and agencies/industries with specialized air regulatory challenges. She has provided permitting and compliance assistance to numerous facilities subject to air agency regulations, including Title V facilities. She is a SCAQMD-certified permitting professional and a San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District-certified air permitting professional. Julia has conducted regulatory negotiations with many air agencies, and has supported clients in litigation, before city councils and in other public forums. She has a PhD and an MS in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and a BS in chemical engineering from Purdue University.