Richard Jackson is a Professor at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. Professor Jackson’s areas of interest include environmental impacts on health ranging from toxicology, chemical body burdens, terrorism, sustainability, climate change, urban design and architecture. A pediatrician, he has served in many leadership positions in both environmental health and infectious disease with the California Health Department, including the highest as the State Health Officer. There he was instrumental in conceptualizing laws to reduce risks from pesticides, especially to farm workers and to children. For nine years he was Director of the CDC's National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta and received the Presidential Distinguished Service award. While at the CDC, he was a national and international leader, including leading the federal effort to "biomonitor" chemical levels in the US population. He has received the Breast Cancer Fund’s Hero Award, as well as Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Public Health Law Association, and the New Partners for Smart Growth. In 2011 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2012, he received the John Heinz Award for Leadership in the Environment.