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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…

Zanagee Artis

Fossil Fuels Policy Advocate, Nature Program
Zanagee Artis is a founding member and executive director of Zero Hour and has worked in the youth climate movement advocating for the need to transition away from fossil fuels. He is outspoken about the climate crisis and was a…

John Bailey

Senior Advocate, Federal and State Transportation, People & Communities Program
John Bailey has over two decades of experience as an advocate for sustainable and equitable communities at the national, state, and local levels. Bailey works to ensure that transportation investments and policies benefit people of all ages, abilities, and incomes…

Max Baumhefner

Senior Attorney, Climate & Clean Energy Program
Max Baumhefner works to make our nation’s cars, trucks, and buses zero emission vehicles. He focuses on electrifying the transportation sector in a manner that also accelerates the transition to a smarter, more affordable electric grid powered by renewable resources…

Sujatha Bergen

Director, Health Campaigns, Health and Food, People & Communities Program
Sujatha Bergen campaigns for changes in corporate and regulatory policies that protect public health—from eliminating toxic chemicals in everyday products to cutting subsidies to the fossil fuel industry to promoting climate healthy menus. Prior to working at NRDC, she was…

Jordan Brinn

Clean Vehicles and Infrastructure Advocate, Climate & Clean Energy Program
Jordan Brinn focuses on transportation policy and analysis. She advocates for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicle transportation electrification regulations that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution burdens, as well as policies that support a robust electric vehicle charging infrastructure network…

Britt Carmon

Senior Advocate, Federal Clean Vehicles and Fuels, Climate & Clean Energy Program
Britt Carmon focuses on reducing the environmental impact of the transportation sector by encouraging the government to adopt policies that advance clean fuels and the development of energy-efficient vehicles. Prior to joining NRDC, she worked for the White House, aiding…

Dr. Marilee Shelton Davenport

Senior Director, Capacity and Collaboration, Science Office
Marilee Shelton Davenport focuses on growing NRDC’s scientific capacity by strengthening the organization’s connections with the external science community, while also supporting NRDC’s work at the intersection of climate and health. She brings two decades of experience working with scientists…

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…

Amanda Eaken

Director, Transportation, People & Communities Program
Amanda Eaken is responsible for managing and overseeing a team driving ambitious climate action in 25 U.S. cities to create transportation choices like walking, biking, and public transit, and to accelerate vehicle electrification. In 2020, her team helped to advance…

Jacqueline Ennis

Policy Analyst, Science Office
Jacqueline Ennis leads NRDC's net zero modeling work, using data to analyze decarbonization policies at the federal and state levels. She works on policy efforts related to clean electricity, transportation electrification, and NRDC's advocacy in the Eastern states. Prior to…

Meleah Geertsma

Director, Environmental Justice Policy; Environment, Equity & Justice Center
Meleah Geertsma works with communities of color and low-income communities to address environmental injustices, combining her background in public health with legal advocacy to support frontline partners. Her focus includes addressing the impacts of concentrated industrial sources and freight on…

Ashok Gupta

Senior Energy Economist, Climate & Clean Energy Program
Ashok Gupta focuses on policies relating to global warming, energy efficiency, renewables, sustainable building design, smart growth, and transportation. During former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration, Gupta served as NRDC’s representative to the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Board and Energy…

Kathy Harris

Senior Advocate, Clean Vehicles and Fuels, Climate & Clean Energy Program
Kathy Harris leads NRDC's work on clean vehicle policies and programs that accelerate the transition to zero-emission passenger cars and trucks. Prior to joining NRDC, she worked for the state of Delaware as a planner, addressing a variety of statewide…

Meghan Hassett

Midwest Campaign Manager, Center for Policy Advocacy
Meghan Hassett manages and coordinates Illinois and Midwest campaign efforts on behalf of NRDC and NRDC Action Fund, working with NRDC’s policy experts and advocates, as well as coalition partners, to build the political support needed to protect public health…

Samantha Henningson

Advocate, Clean Transportation, People & Communities Program
Samantha Henningson advocates for transportation options that are affordable, equitable, low-carbon, and maybe even joyful. Previously, in Saint Paul, MN, Henningson managed the EV Spot Network program—the nation’s first renewably-powered, municipally-owned carshare and curbside public charging network. Prior to that…

Yeh-Tang Huang

Schneider Sustainable Energy Fellow, Climate & Clean Energy Program
Yeh-Tang “Ricky” Huang focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, as well as promoting building efficiency in the Northeast. Prior to joining NRDC in 2022, he was an intern at Fervo Energy and the SDGs Advisory Council…

Tom Hucker

Manager, Eastern Campaigns, Center for Policy Advocacy
Tom Hucker brings decades of organizing and policy experience to his job as an advocate for safer chemicals, having worked as a community organizer, nonprofit entrepreneur, and a state and local policymaker. As a state legislator, Hucker sponsored successful legislation…

Dr. Vyoma Jha

Senior Advocate, Clean Energy, India, International Program
Vyoma Jha leads the work on climate goals and global engagement, clean energy, and clean transportation for the India program. She began her career clerking at the Supreme Court of India and has worked at the intersection of international law…