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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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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…

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…

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…

Catherine Cox Blair

Director, SPARCC, Resilient Communities, People & Communities Program
Catherine Cox Blair provides communities with technical assistance and expertise regarding city-led innovation and the forging of private-public partnerships. Prior to joining NRDC, she worked at Reconnecting America, where she managed sustainable-development projects in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Denver, and Atlanta and…

Donna De Costanzo

Director, Eastern Region, Climate & Clean Energy Program
Donna De Costanzo advocates for the implementation of policies that increase energy efficiency and renewable energy deployment as well as promote sustainable communities and smart growth, with a primary focus on New York State and New York City. Prior to…

Dr. Sylvia Fallon

Senior Director, Science Integration, Science Office
Sylvia Fallon is an ecologist and evolutionary biologist who has been working at the interface of science and policy for nearly two decades. Much of her work at NRDC has focused on securing protections for endangered wildlife species such as…

Hilary Firestone

Senior Policy Advisor, City Energy Project, Resilient Communities, People & Communities Program
As a senior city policy expert for the City Energy Project, a collaboration between NRDC and the Institute for Market Transformation, Hilary Firestone works to advance policies and programs that cut energy waste in large buildings and make American cities…

Ericka Flores

Advocate, Clean Energy & Equity, Climate & Clean Energy Program
Ericka Flores provides technical and advocacy expertise for local and state-level equitable building decarbonization, building energy efficiency, and energy equity policies, programs, and initiatives. She works to develop and strengthen partnerships with diverse groups to collectively build a strong, inclusive…

Stephanie Gidigbi Jenkins

Director, Policy & Partnerships, People & Communities Program
Stephanie Gidigbi Jenkins champions public policy solutions that promote economic, social, and environmental benefits for communities. She fosters strategic partnerships to advance federal campaigns, coalition efforts, social equity, and climate justice. She also coordinates NRDC's effort in advancing a federal…

Laura Goldberg

Midwest Director, Energy Equity and Affordability, People & Communities Program
Laura Goldberg oversees NRDC's Midwest strategy for energy equity and affordability. This includes increasing energy efficiency, clean energy, and equitable climate solutions in affordable housing and underserved communities across the region, especially in low-income communities and communities of color. She…

Eric A. Goldstein

Senior Attorney and Director, New York City Environment, People & Communities Program
More than three decades ago, Eric Goldstein helped create NRDC’s Urban program and spearheaded the nationwide public campaign to get lead out of gasoline. Since then, he has been one of New York’s leading environmental advocates on such issues as…

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…

Irene Gutierrez

Senior Attorney, Nature Program
Irene Gutierrez protects our oceans by promoting sustainable fisheries, fighting illegal fishing practices, preventing dirty energy development, and supporting policies to curb climate change. Prior to joining the Oceans division, she was an attorney on NRDC’s Climate and Clean Energy…

Becky Hammer

Deputy Director, Federal Water Policy; Senior Attorney, Nature Program
Becky Hammer focuses on stormwater runoff, green infrastructure, low-impact development, water-pollution permitting issues, and climate change preparedness. Before joining NRDC in 2009, she interned at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Hammer is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law…

Darby Hoover

Senior Resource Specialist, Food Waste Initiatives, Health and Food, People & Communities Program
Darby Hoover specializes in issues related to food waste reduction, composting, anaerobic digestion, plastics, zero waste, recycling, paper industry reform, and sustainable packaging. Her primary focus at NRDC is helping to create strategies to improve the efficiency of the food…

Ning (Lisa) Hua

Director, Conservation, China Program
Ning (Lisa) Hua works to advance wildlife conservation policies in China with a focus on wildlife trade. She collaborates with Chinese and international partners to advance the global leadership of China in wildlife conservation issues, particularly as they relate to…

Mark Izeman

New York Regional Senior Strategist and Senior Attorney, People & Communities Program
Mark Izeman has worked at NRDC for 25 years on a wide range of environmental and public health issues, primarily in the greater New York–Northeast region. He has focused on such issues as local food, recycling, natural gas drilling, drinking…

Michael Jasny

Director, Marine Mammal Protection Project, Nature Program
Michael Jasny is a leading expert in the law and policy of ocean noise pollution. For more than a decade, he has directed high-profile litigation, lobbying efforts, science-based policy development, and public advocacy to improve the regulation of this emergent…

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…

Madeline Keating

City Strategist, People & Communities Program
Madeline Keating is a core member of the Food Waste team, where her work is focused on implementation of city-level solutions and strategies for food waste prevention, surplus food rescue, and food scrap recycling. Keating approaches food waste work with…