UCLA's first Chief Sustainability Officer, Nurit Katz works to foster partnerships among academic, research and operational departments and to further UCLA's sustainability goals and initiatives. Nurit is also an Instructor for UCLA Extension’s Global Sustainability Certificate Program, and her course, Principles of Sustainability I, was recently named one of LA Weekly’s 10 Best Classes in LA.
Nurit earned her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management (and was named one of its 100 Inspirational Alumni at the school's 75th anniversary), Masters in Public Policy from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and BA in Environmental Education from Humboldt State University.
While still a graduate student, Nurit founded the UCLA Sustainable Resource Center to provide community resources in sustainability. She then served as President of the Graduate Students Association and assisted Dr. Charles Corbett in developing a new interdisciplinary graduate certificate program, Leaders in Sustainability.
After graduation, Nurit helped launch the UCLA Center for Corporate Environmental Performance. She has worked on a variety of sustainability projects, including one for the City of Los Angeles focused on transit-oriented development along the Expo Light Rail Line; her essay on the topic was published in UCLA Anderson Forecast’s “Solutions for Our City”. Nurit also serves on the Executive Committee of the Luskin Center for Innovation and on the Advisory Boards of Opportunity Green and Women in Green.