James R. "Rick" Greenwood


University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Fielding School of Public Health
Departments of Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences and Institute of The Environment and Sustainability (IoES) - Organic avocado farmer
May 2018 - January 2023

Rick Greenwood is an epidemiologist and microbiologist with expertise in environmental protection programs and public health. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Fielding School of Public Health with joint appointments in the departments of Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences and is a participating faculty member in the Institute of Environment and Sustainability. During his career he has been the representative to the Conference of California Local Health Officers as the environmental representative and a member of the California Statewide Committee to Eliminate Lead Poisoning. He has also served as a science advisor to the FDA and chair of the Los Angeles city mayor's landfill oversight committee. In addition, Rick has also served as the environment, health and safety director for UCLA and Southern California Edison, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research at UCLA and is now Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Environmental Science and Renewable Resources.

Rick has worked in a number of public policy areas that have involved public outreach and the formulation of policies to protect public health. He worked with the City of Los Angeles to promote a mercury elimination within inner city populations and as Deputy Director of Public Health for Orange County, California, he spearheaded the passing of the first ordinance to prevent smoking in the workplace. Rick was elected by California avocado growers and appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to a three year term on the USDA Hass Avocado Board.

Rick is an organic avocado grower in San Diego County and is familiar with the challenges facing farmers - from drought and insects to labor issues. In his early years he supported his undergraduate education as an irrigator in orange groves and part-time positions in the Bio-control Department at UC Riverside where he was tasked raising flies and mosquitoes for experiments searching for natural predators.

Rick holds a BA in Zoology, an MPH in Epidemiology and a PhD in Microbiology.