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Advance Program

Basic Information about Advance

EPA’s Advance Program, established in 2012, promotes local actions in attainment areas to reduce ozone and/or fine particle pollution (PM2.5) to help these areas continue to maintain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The program provides EPA technical assistance, information on grants and training, opportunities for collaboration, and other support to states, tribes, and local governments that want to take proactive steps to keep their air clean. Advance plans include a range of programs addressing education and outreach; transportation and mobile sources; energy efficiency and renewable energy; innovative finance; wood smoke reduction; stationary sources; green infrastructure, and more. Currently, more than 40 areas with a combined population of 45 million are actively participating in the Advance program.

By participating in the program, Advance Partners can:

  • provide improved air quality and continued health protection for area residents over the long term;
  • take actions to reduce pollutant emissions and help reduce the number of days the area exceeds the NAAQS;
  • engage with stakeholders in the community to identify and implement cost-effective programs and measures that make the most sense for your area;
  • collaborate with other participating organizations and learn about programs and initiatives that have been successful in other communities;
  • achieve multi-pollutant benefits (for example, through actions that may also help reduce air toxics and/or carbon emissions in addition to reducing ozone and particle pollution).

Please contact your EPA Regional office or the EPA Headquarters Advance Program team (Rich Damberg,; Mia South,; or if you have questions about becoming an Advance program partner. 

For more information:

Advance Program Contacts

EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, National Program Managers
Rich Damberg,, (919) 541-5592
Mia South,, (919) 541-5550
EPA Region 1  ME, MA, RI, CT, NH, VT
Ozone and PM Advance: Alison Simcox,, (617) 918-1684
EPA Region 2  NY, NJ, PR, VI
Ozone and PM Advance: Omar Hammad,, (212) 637-3347
EPA Region 3  PA, WV, VA, DE, MD, DC
Ozone and PM Advance: Serena Nichols,, (215) 814-2190
EPA Region 4  KY, TN, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS
Ozone and PM Advance: Kelly Sheckler,,(404) 562-9222
EPA Region 5  OH, MI, IN, IL, WI, MN
Ozone and PM Advance:  Saphique Thomas, thomas.saphique,  (312) 886-7897; Melissa Hulting,, (312) 886-2265
EPA Region 6  AR, LA, OK, NM, TX
Ozone and PM Advance:  Randy Pitre,, (214) 665-7299; Carrie Paige,, (214) 665-6521
EPA Region 7  IA, MO, KS, NE
Ozone and PM Advance: Steven "Cody" Brown,, (913) 551-7718; Lachala Kemp,, (913) 551-7214
EPA Region 8  ND, SD, MT, WY, CO, UT
Ozone Advance:  Abby Fulton,,  (303) 312-6563
PM Advance: Crystal Ostigaard,,  (303) 312-6602
EPA Region 9  NV, AZ, CA, HI
Ozone and PM Advance: Karina O’Connor,, (775) 434-8176; Ashley Graham,, (415) 972-3877
EPA Region 10 AK, ID, OR, WA
Ozone Advance: Karl Pepple,, (206) 553-1778
PM Advance: Christi Duboiski,, (360) 753-9081; Matt Jentgen,, (206) 553-0340