JR DeShazo, Dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
JR DeShazo is the 12th dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. He previously served as the founding director of UCLA’s Luskin Center for Innovation, one of the nation's leading environmental policy research centers. He is a distinguished scholar focusing on clean technology policies, policy design to enhance environmental equity, methods for valuing changes in environmental quality, and the performance of public agencies.
Achieving carbon neutrality in California’s transportation sector is projected to create over 7.3 million full-time equivalent job-years of employment over the next 25 years. These new jobs will be a part of new multibillion dollar economic sectors, such as refueling infrastructure and electricity as transportation fuel. Much of the novel job growth spurred by this transition will likely be within industries and occupations that currently offer high-quality jobs in terms of unionization rates, wages, and benefits, and which are accessible without requiring a bachelor's degree. This influx of new jobs in zero-emission vehicle–related sectors must be considered alongside the accompanying substantial decline in jobs related to fossil-fuel-burning internal combustion engine vehicles — a decline caused by several zero-emission vehicle trends which are beneficial to Californian consumers, businesses, and government entities.