Leadership Stories

Among her many accomplishments bridging her love of science and public service, Fellow Karen Levy's most recent is her selection as a fellow of the AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute (LLI) for Public Engagement with Science. “The best way to maintain public support for science is for people to understand it,” Levy says, “to understand the underlying scientific process, to learn about exciting discoveries, and to understand how it affects their own lives.”Read more >
Dr. Nathan McClintock is an Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University . He is a geographer whose primary focus is on urban agriculture policy and practice, and how they articulate with political economy, race, class, and gender. He and his partners at Simon...Read more >
Dr. Martha Matsuoka is an Associate Professor in the Urban and Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, where she is also the Executive Director of the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute . She focuses her teaching and research on environmental...Read more >
Dr. Asa Bradman is an environmental health scientist and expert in exposure assessment and epidemiology focusing on occupational and environmental exposures to pregnant women and children. He co-founded the Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health (CERCH) in the UC Berkeley School of...Read more >
Dr. Christina H. Fuller is an assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health at Georgia State University’s School of Public Health where she works in the field of air quality exposure assessment and environmental epidemiology. Her research interests include outdoor air pollution, the...Read more >
Shrayas Jatkar currently works for the Coalition for Clean Air in Sacramento where he advocates for various statewide policies that support environmental and climate justice. He was one of the main advocates for Assembly Bill 1550 (AB 1550) , which was signed into law in 2016. This law increases...Read more >
Morgan Grove is a social scientist and Team Leader for the USDA Forest Service's Baltimore Field Station . His work focuses on the long-term dynamics of environmental justice in Baltimore, measuring park access and enviornmental justice in the city . His team looks at amenities like parks and tree...Read more >
Fellow Ayana Johnson became one of the driving forces behind the March for Science in Washington, D.C.—the first march she’s ever organized—because she thinks her profession is “at risk” under President Donald Trump.Read more >
At the end of October, a room full of politicians, biologists, and conservationists in Australia erupted in applause. After five years of negotiations, 24 countries and the European Union unanimously agreed to create a marine protected area (MPA) in Antarctica’s Ross Sea, which is considered the most pristine marine ecosystem in the world. Fellow Cassandra Brooks has worked in the region on this project for years, but says the agreement comes with some important caveats.Read more >
A recent feature in Harper's Magazine tells the story of 2010 Fellow Stephen Blackmer, priest at Church of the Woods -- a place of spiritual practice and transformation for people who encounter the divine in nature.Read more >

Spotlight on Leadership

Developing a More Resilient Urban Water Supply
Despite rising temperatures, Californians this summer cut their water use significantly in an effort to help the state deal with a severe, ongoing drought. The reduction for two straight months — by more than 31 percent in July alone –caught many officials by surprise, but not Mike Antos, director of California State University, Northridge’s new Center for Urban Water Resilience.Read more >

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