Chief Program Officer
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz is NRDC’s Chief Program Officer. She coordinates NRDC’s programmatic work across the institution, focusing on achieving NRDC’s core priorities of curbing global warming and creating a clean energy future, reviving the world’s oceans, defending endangered wildlife and wild places, protecting our health by preventing pollution, ensuring safe and sufficient water, and fostering sustainable communities. She also chairs NRDC’s Clean Power Initiative.
Susan joined NRDC in 2000 as director of NRDC’s work in Canada, starting and leading the tar sands and Keystone XL campaigns. She then led NRDC’s International program and coordinated NRDC’s international work across the institution, including our work with partners on the ground in China, India, Canada, Latin America, and Europe as well as our global work on climate, energy, toxins, oceans, and wildlife. Prior to joining NRDC, Susan directed the Central and Eastern European program at the Environmental Law Institute and worked in Germany at the IUCN Environmental Law Center on developing country conservation treaty implementation. She received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1990 and a BA from the University of Virginia in 1986 in Latin American studies. She works out of NRDC’s Washington, D.C., office.