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On the Ground in New Orleans
An NRDC Fact-finding Mission, October 2005
Albert Huang is an environmental justice attorney with NRDC's urban program in New York. In addition to litigation, his work focuses on regional and national environmental justice policy advocacy and development. Prior to joining NRDC, Al was a policy advocate at Environmental Health Coalition, a community-based grassroots organization, where he worked on water quality, environmental justice and energy issues in California. He is a graduate of Vermont Law School.
Erik D. Olson is a senior attorney in NRDC's health program specializing in safe drinking water, pesticide and toxic pollution issues. He is the national coordinator of the Campaign for Safe and Affordable Drinking Water, a coalition of more than 300 public interest groups dedicated to improved drinking water protection. He serves on numerous EPA and professional advisory committees and boards on drinking water, pesticides and other toxics issues. Before coming to NRDC, Erik worked in the Environmental Quality division of the National Wildlife Federation and the Office of General Counsel of the EPA. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia and his bachelor's degree in environmental biology and management from Columbia University.
Patrice L. Simms is a senior project attorney in NRDC's air and energy and public health programs, where he specializes in coal-fired power plant issues, among other things. Before joining NRDC, Patrice worked as an attorney with the U.S. EPA Environmental Appeals Board, and in the air and radiation law office in EPA's Office of General Counsel where he worked mainly on issues related to stationary-source air toxics and mobile sources of air emissions. He received his law degree from Howard University School of Law, and his undergraduate degree from Northeastern University.
Gina Solomon is a senior scientist and physician in NRDC's health program. Gina specializes in internal medicine and occupational/environmental medicine. She is also an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco where she is a teaching physician at the pediatric environmental health specialty unit. She received her medical degree from Yale University and her specialty training at Harvard. She is a co-author of Generations at Risk: Reproductive Health and the Environment.