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Scientist and Project Manager, People & Communities Program
Yiliqi focuses on reducing the use of toxic chemicals in consumer goods and manufacturing. She works to ensure that corporations take responsibility for the environmental impact of their products' whole life cycle, with a particular focus on international production and…

Rabi Abonour

Transportation Strategist, Resilient Communities, People & Communities Program
As an active transportation advocate, Rabi Abonour believes that promoting walking, bicycling, and public transit is vital for creating cities that are healthy, equitable, and sustainable. Prior to joining NRDC, Abonour worked on the bike share and open streets programs…

Zak Accuardi

Senior Advocate, Transportation, People & Communities Program
Zak Accuardi works across the U.S. to advance equitable, low-carbon transportation policies and projects. Previously, he consulted on transportation policy and climate change mitigation with organizations including the World Bank and Project Drawdown. He also worked as a senior program…

Erwin Lee Acox Jr.

Managing Director, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Erwin Lee Acox Jr. joined NRDC in March 2023 with more than a decade of experience in DEI leadership roles. Most recently, he served as director of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion at Tides Network, where he led efforts to…

Alexandra Adams

Senior Director, Federal Affairs, Center for Policy Advocacy
Alexandra Adams directs NRDC's Federal Affairs team and works to develop proactive federal strategies to secure environmental protections while addressing legislative threats. Adams previously served as legislative director of NRDC’s Nature program, coordinating NRDC’s strategy for preventing legislative threats to…

Bemnet Alemayehu

Staff Scientist, Climate & Clean Energy Program
Bemnet Alemayehu concentrates on issues relating to the environmental monitoring of radiation and the health and environmental impacts of radiation. He received his PhD in radiation health physics from Oregon State University, where his dissertation focused on designing and developing…

Ann Alexander

Senior Attorney, Dirty Energy, Lands Division, Nature Program
Ann Alexander works as a litigator and policy advocate with the Nature Program's Dirty Energy Team—fighting to curb polluting fossil fuel development that threatens the integrity of our public lands, and harms communities living in proximity. Before arriving at NRDC…

Pete Altman

Director, Federal Campaigns, Center for Policy Advocacy
Pete Altman guides the strategic direction of NRDC’s federal policy campaigns. He was formerly NRDC’s climate campaign director, responsible for NRDC’s efforts to build public support for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan and protect the Clean Air…

Evelyn Arévalo

Senior Program Assistant, Center for Energy Efficiency Standards, Climate & Clean Energy Program
Evelyn Arévalo supports NRDC’s Center for Energy Efficiency Standards staff and serves as a liaison between the program and other organizations and agencies. As co-editor of La Onda Verde, NRDC’s online Spanish-language presence, she works with the partnership engagement team…

Sylvie Ashford

Schneider Sustainable Energy Fellow, Western Region, Climate & Clean Energy Program
Sylvie Ashford works on building decarbonization, electricity planning, and other clean energy issues in California. Prior to joining NRDC, she worked as a research assistant at policy think tanks in the Bay Area and Washington, D.C., and completed her capstone…

Anupa Asokan

Senior Advocate, Oceans Division, Nature Program
Anupa Asokan is a dedicated ocean advocate working to protect California’s marine ecosystems. Before joining NRDC, she managed and implemented a global, public-facing campaign through the World Surf League calling for ocean protections. Prior to that, Asokan served as the…

Josh Axelrod

Senior Advocate, Nature Program
Josh Axelrod focuses on issues including public land protection and conservation, renewable energy siting on public lands, limiting oil and gas development on public lands, energy transmission, and climate policy. Since joining NRDC in 2013, Axelrod has also developed expertise…

Sandy Aylesworth

Director, Pacific Initiative, Oceans Division, Nature Program
Sandy Aylesworth advocates to combat illegal fishing and for responsible offshore wind development. Prior to joining NRDC, she worked at the U.S. Department of State and was a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow at NOAA's Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs…

John Bailey

Senior Advocate, Federal and State Transportation, People & Communities Program

Roger Baneman

Advisor, Green Finance Center
Roger Baneman is an advisor to NRDC, working principally with the Green Finance Center. He is a retired tax partner of the law firm of Shearman & Sterling LLP. His projects have included the potential use for clean energy investing…