Guest Speaker: Cristin Williams, CHMM; Cook County Brownfield Program Manager
Ms. Cristin Williams currently serves as the Brownfield Program Manager for the CCDES. In this role, Cristin performs outreach to municipalities and organizations, evaluates proposed brownfield sites, collaborates with
environmental consultants and professional engineers to advance remediation projects, and contributes to several department sustainability programs. Prior to joining CCDES, Cristin spent 10 years working in the private sector as an environmental scientist and project manager, specializing in the management of portfolio due diligence and equity-level assessments. Cristin graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2012, focusing on Environmental Management, and obtained her Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) certification in 2019.
Ricardo Magallon, Manager, Air Inspection Division
Mr. Ricardo Magallon is a Loyola University Chicago graduate with degrees in Biology and Environmental Science. Ricardo has worked across the country in roles that helped develop his systems thinking, behavior change, leadership, and marketing and communications skills. In May of 2016, Ricardo graduated with an M.S. degree in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco where he completed coursework focusing on Environmental Law & Policy and Sustainable Business. Ricardo's notable work in sustainability began when he worked as a Green Operations Specialist for San Francisco International Airport's Environmental Operations division where he managed both the Green Business and Construction & Demolition Debris Management Programs and supported other airport environmental programs and initiatives such as zero waste to landfill, green cleaning, and airport tenant water conservation. Ricardo was honored as a 2018 GreenBiz 30 Under 30 while working at San Francisco International Airport for his work on the Airport's Zero Waste initiative. He now manages the Air Inspection Division for Cook County’s Department of Environment and Sustainability where he is working to reduce air pollutants, such as greenhouse gas emission and criteria pollutants, from businesses that require air permits throughout the County. Ricardo is also leading a $10 million American Rescue Plan Act funded effort to establish the County’s first Pollution Prevention program for businesses called the BRITE Program.