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Ruth Galanter,
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Ruth Galanter was, from 1987 to 2003, a member of the Los Angeles City Council. Although best known as a policy leader in water and energy conservation, recycling, infrastructure, wetlands protection, and affordable housing, she also achieved fluoridation of the Los Angeles municipal water supply.

Prior to 1987, Ms. Galanter had a varied career in both policy and politics. She was appointed to the California Coastal Commission. She consulted for the State Coastal Conservancy and Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. She worked with the Health Policy Advisory Center in New York, as editor of the Health Law Newsletter in Los Angeles, and on many committees of the American Public Health Association including the editorial board of the American Journal of Public Health. She has been a popular guest lecturer at universities and author or co-author of many articles and opinion pieces.

Her work has been recognized by the Los Angeles County Dental Foundation, the US EPA, and the National Recycling Coalition, among others, and is referenced in at least three books.

Ms. Galanter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of City Planning degree from Yale. She was born and raised in New York City.