Board Leadership
board leadership

Brian O'Malley

Board Chair

Brian advocates for improving transportation throughout metropolitan Baltimore as President and CEO of the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance. He previously held the position of Concurrency Manager for Carroll County, Maryland, and served as an industrial corridor planner in Chicago. He holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

board leadership

William Ellis

Vice Chair

As Manager of Demand Side Management for Pepco Holdings Institute, William is responsible for all of Pepco’s energy efficiency programs across Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey. In addition, William oversees energy efficiency programs specifically reaching low-income families in Maryland and New Jersey.


Jen Desimone

Managing Director   |   202.962.3360

With 20 years of experience in air quality – including forecasting, planning, outreach, marketing, and data visualization – Jen serves as Clean Air Partners Managing Director and Air Program Chief with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.


Russ Ulrich

Baltimore Metropolitan Region Coordinator   |   410.732.9575

Russ is the Baltimore Metropolitan Council’s outreach coordinator for Air Quality and Traffic Safety Programs. He has been with Clean Air Partners for almost 18 years.


With Temperatures Blazing, Why Is D.C. Seeing Fewer Code Red Days For Air Quality

July 21, 2017   |   WAMU

The Importance of Air Quality Alerts

July 14, 2017   |   WJLA

Clean Air Partners Celebrates 20th Anniversary

May 17, 2017   |   PR Newswire – various outlets

Commuter of the Year Takes Bus Everywhere

May 05, 2016   |   Frederick News Post

Ditching Your Car on World Car Free Day

September 21, 2016   |   Washington Post

Good day to play outside? Learn about air pollution to find out

August 03, 2015   |   Washington Post

The Revival of Telephone Weather Forecasts in Washington, D.C.

September 06, 2015   |   Washington Post

Ozone Season and Air Quality Tips

May 19, 2015   |   FOX 45 Morning News

Have You Listened To Your Lungs Today?

July 06, 2015   |   Green Living Guy

Why is Air Quality Important?

October 16, 2015   |   WUSA


Success Stories

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#BreatheEasy Concert Ticket Giveaway Promotion

Together with sponsors such as WGL and Commuter Connections, Clean Air Partners’ #BreatheEasy Concert Ticket Giveaway asks individuals to share their #BreatheEasy actions for a chance to win giveaways, prizes, and tickets to major headline shows. Past concerts include Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, and Bruno Mars. As part of the promotion, WGL off-sets carbon emissions produced by the concert – speaking directly to their dedication to improving the environment. To date, the #BreatheEasy Concert Ticket Giveaway promotion has generated hundreds of millions of impressions across social, radio, and broadcast media, and resulted in WGL purchasing 527 carbon offsets. Those offsets are enough to counterbalance 1,161,836 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions and equivalent to taking 111 cars off the road for one year.

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Car Free Day Campaign

Together with Commuter Connections, Clean Air Partners celebrates Car Free Day by encouraging drivers across the Washington, D.C. region to go Car Free or “Car Lite” on Car Free Day every September 22. The highly successful campaign highlights how easy it is to get out of your car and use alternative modes of transportation such as biking, walking, teleworking, and car/vanpooling. To date, the Car Free Day campaign has generated more than 24 million impressions across social and digital advertising, receiving nearly 20,000 pledges to go car free!

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Air Quality Awareness Week and World Asthma Day

Celebrating the theme, Show How You Care about the Air, Clean Air Partners works with such sponsorships as Breathe DC, DC Asthma Coalition, and Maryland Department for the Environment to distribute Air Quality Awareness Week and World Asthma Day materials across the region, featuring Larry and Lola Lung.

In 2016, Clean Air Partners launched a digital and social media campaign for Air Quality Awareness Week, encouraging residents to join together to #BreatheEasy and download the Clean Air Partners Air Quality App for a chance to win prizes! In just one year, the campaign generated more than 130,000 impressions and distributed upwards of 3,000 collateral materials with life-saving and informative information to individuals in the region.

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Pollinator Partnership

Clean Air Partners and the Pollinator Partnership signed a Memorandum of Understanding in October 2016 to work towards shared goals of improving regional air quality to benefit public health and our environment, while supporting the pollinators vital to our ecosystem. The organizations work together to raise awareness in the media about the connection between air quality and pollinators, and engage with shared audiences through educational materials.

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Best In Air Awards Celebration  

The Clean Air Partners Annual Celebration’s Best In Air Awards recognizes the air quality and public health achievements of regional leaders and students. In 2017, the public participated in the voting process for the businesses, organizations, and individuals making a real difference in the air we breathe through their missions and approaches. Lyft, COPD Foundation, and Grid Alternatives were honored this year in the Trendsetter, Most Valuable Partner (MVP), and Champion categories.

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Clean Air Partners Media Toolkit

Download the Clean Air Partners media toolkit for our program backgrounder and important tips for poor air quality days and more.

Resources to help you get started

Learn more about how you can make a difference in protecting the air we breathe

On the Air Education Program

The interactive On the Air education curriculum provides teachers with resources to educate our future leaders about air quality issues. Through fun, hands-on activities such as labs and investigations, students engage in the exploration of their environment as they study important air pollution topics. “On the Air” has reached tens of thousands of students in the greater metropolitan Baltimore-Washington region.


Guide to Keeping Your Lungs Happy

From Code Green to Code Red, the Clean Air Partners Guide to Keeping Your Lungs Happy provides easy-to-understand information about how to plan and respond during different air quality code days. The Guide to Keeping Your Lungs Happy will help you know whether or not you should send your child to soccer practice, or if you should use public transportation instead of driving your car.