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NRDC experts ground their work in research and science to advocate for laws and policies that create lasting environmental change. Search for an expert below, or read their latest blog posts.

Experts

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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…

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…

Corinne Bell

Senior Attorney, People & Communities Program
Corinne Bell focuses on drinking water and surface water pollution in several states, as well as the water-related impacts of climate change. Bell's work includes PFAS and lead contamination, environmental rights, urban runoff, and green infrastructure. Before joining NRDC, Bell…

Julee Boan

Manager, Boreal Partnership, International Program
Julee Boan works collaboratively with Indigenous peoples and organizations, local and national conservation groups, plus industry and governments to protect Canada's boreal forest. She has a PhD in forest sciences, where she researched approaches to mitigate the impacts of industrial…

Sharon Buccino

Senior Attorney, Lands Division, Nature Program
Sharon Buccino's current work focuses on energy policy and government transparency. She actively litigates in federal court and advocates before federal agencies and Congress. She has worked to implement effective environmental review and public participation for proposed pipelines, as well…

Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

Senior Attorney, Marine Mammals, Oceans Division, Nature Program
Giulia C.S. Good Stefani works to protect marine mammals, wild places, and communities from environmental injustices. Stefani has worked on a variety of cases and campaigns at NRDC, including the effort to secure greater protection for whales from the U.S…

Kate Donovan

Senior Attorney, People & Communities Program
Kate Donovan works on a range of environmental and health issues, including working to get toxic chemicals out of consumer products, federal pesticides policy, and solving our solid waste and plastics crisis. Previously, Donovan served as the deputy director of…

Steve Fleischli

Senior Director, Water Initiatives, People & Communities Program
Steve Fleischli’s area of focus encompasses not only water quality but also the role of water security in climate-preparedness programs and the relationship of water to energy production. Prior to joining NRDC in 2010, he served as the executive director…

Dr. Mark Gold

Director of Water Scarcity Solutions, People & Communities Program
Dr. Mark Gold focuses on building climate resilience through integrated water management solutions for the increasingly arid urban California and the West. From 2019–2022, Gold served as Governor Gavin Newsom's deputy secretary for Oceans and Coastal Policy and executive director…

Kabir Green

Director, Federal Affairs, Government Affairs
Kabir Green, who joined NRDC in 2012, focuses on public lands issues, especially NRDC’s efforts to defend America's national monuments. He graduated from George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration with a master's in public administration…

Angela Guyadeen

Director, Safe Water Initiative, People & Communities Program
Angela Guyadeen is responsible for developing NRDC's strategy to establish an enforceable human right to water that is safe, sufficient and affordable from source to tap. Guyadeen oversees the implementation of the Safe Water Initiative’s objectives and coordinates the Initiative’s…

Debbie Hammel

Deputy Director, Lands Division, Nature Program
As director of the Land Markets Initiative for NRDC’s Land & Wildlife program, Debbie Hammel concentrates on issues relating to bioenergy and sustainable forest management. With more than 30 years of experience in designing third-party environmental certification systems, she is…

Ashley Jordan

Boreal Corporate Campaign Advocate, International Program
Ashley Jordan provides technical and advocacy expertise for NRDC's corporate campaign to establish stronger protections for the Canadian boreal forest. Jordan joined NRDC in 2018 and previously supported the Canada Project as a program assistant and campaign coordinator. She holds…

Avinash Kar

Senior Attorney and Senior Director, Health and Food, People & Communities Program
Prior to his current role, Avi Kar served as director of state health policy, working with NRDC teams and external coalitions to pass key legislation and advance policies to reduce exposures to toxics, with a focus on California, New York…

Taryn Kiekow Heimer

Deputy Director, Marine Mammal Protection Project, Nature Program
Taryn Kiekow Heimer directs two of the organization’s major campaigns: stopping the development of the environmentally disastrous Pebble Mine project proposed in Alaska’s Bristol Bay and putting an end to commercial whaling. She also leads our work to protect beluga…

Niel Lawrence

Alaska Director and Senior Attorney, Nature Program
Niel Lawrence oversees NRDC’s efforts to preserve and protect Alaska’s iconic land and seascapes—including the Arctic and vast Tongass rainforest—and helps guide efforts to end climate-wrecking oil exploration on federal lands. Prior to his current role, Lawrence directed NRDC’s national…

Joan Leary Matthews

Senior Attorney, Safe Water Initiative, People & Communities Program
Joan Leary Matthews advocates for safe, sufficient, affordable water for all in a changing environment—with a focus on reducing lead in drinking water in schools, child care centers, and residences. Most recently, she served as the director of the Clean…

Ellen Lee

Advocate, Drinking Water Equity, People & Communities Program
Ellen Lee provides technical and advocacy expertise on drinking water issues, working to ensure that everyone has access to safe, sufficient, and affordable water. As part of the Safe Water Initiative, her work focuses on engaging and partnering with communities…

Larry Levine

Senior Attorney and Director, Urban Water Infrastructure, People & Communities Program
Larry Levine advocates for strong enforcement of, improvement of, and funding for national, state, and local policies on urban water quality, water infrastructure, and affordable access to safe and sufficient water and sanitation. His work includes developing and advocating for…

Courtenay Lewis

Manager of Ecosystems Policy, Canada Project, International Program
Courtenay Lewis advocates for policy solutions in Canada that benefit communities, species, and the larger ecosystems that support them. Prior to working at NRDC, Lewis promoted sustainable international policies at the Sierra Club, focusing on trade policy and curbing fossil…