Meleah Geertsma

Senior Attorney and Midwest Director, Health Equity and Water

Meleah Geertsma is a senior attorney and the Midwest Director for Health Equity and Water. As a member of NRDC’s Environmental Justice and Urban Water Management teams under the Healthy People & Thriving Communities program, Geertsma advocates to address environmental injustices and to ensure safe, reliable, and affordable water services for all. In addition, Geertsma has taught and guest lectured classes on environmental law and public health at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, and the John Marshall Law School. Geertsma first joined NRDC in 2010 as a member of the Climate & Clean Energy program in Washington, D.C., pursuing greenhouse gas reductions at the federal level. Prior to that, she worked at another environmental nonprofit focusing on air pollution and at the Federal Trade Commission on healthcare anti-trust matters. She holds a bachelor’s in health and society from Brown University, a law degree from Harvard Law School, and a master’s of public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Geertsma is based in NRDC’s Chicago office.


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