Leslie G. Fields, Esq.
Leslie Fields brings twenty years of international, federal, state and local environmental justice and environmental law and policy experience to the Sierra Club. Fields is the former International Director of Friends of the Earth-US (an environmental NGO) in Washington, D.C. Fields is currently an adjunct law professor at Howard University School of Law. She serves on the Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies' Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change. She has worked with community groups, nonprofit organizations, the private sector and all levels of government and is particularly interested in the intersection of environmental justice, democracy, corporate and civic governance and globalization. Fields has worked extensively on oil/gas natural resource extraction issues (e.g. the West African Gas Pipeline), climate change and water privatization in West and Southern Africa. Leslie has also been known to periodically detour into redistricting and voting rights issues. Leslie has spent vast amounts of her spare time on the boards of Horn Relief (a Somali women's development/environmental organization) and Redefining Progress. Leslie Fields is a graduate of Cornell University and the Georgetown University Law Center.
Kenneth Geiser, Sc.D.
Kenneth Geiser, PhD, is an internationally recognized specialist on pollution prevention, clean production and industrial chemicals policy. He is a Professor of Work Environment at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he is also the Co-Director of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, a center that promotes sustainable solutions in chemical management and product design. Dr. Geiser is one of the authors of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act and served from 1990 to 2003 as the founding director of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute. He has served as a policy advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the United Nations Environment Program and has participated on several boards of non-profit environmental organizations. He is the author of many articles on pollution prevention, toxic chemical policy and sustainable development and a book, Materals Matter: Towards a Sustainable Materials Policy. He holds graduate and doctoral degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Michel Gelobter, Ph. D., Executive Director, Redefining Progress
Michel Gelobter was named Redefining Progress's Executive Director in July 2001 and has served on RP's board of directors since 1995. Dr. Gelobter has experience as an academic, an activist, and an administrator. Prior to joining the staff of Redefining Progress, he was a professor in the Graduate Department of Public Administration at Rutgers University. During the same period, he founded and ran CAPE, or Community/Academic Partnerships for the Environment, a regional research entity spanning New Jersey, New York, and Puerto Rico. Dr. Gelobter started the Environmental Policy Program at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. From 1990 to 1992, Dr. Gelobter was Director of Environmental Quality for the City of New York, and an Assistant Commissioner for its Department of Environmental Protection. He also served as the environment and health issues director during David Dinkins' mayoral campaign in 1989. Gelobter was a Congressional Black Caucus Fellow and served with the U.S. House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee from 1988-89. Dr. Gelobter earned his B.S. in conservation and resource studies from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.S. and a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley's Energy and Resources Group. He did his doctoral research on the race and income distribution of air pollution in the United States. He has also written more broadly about environmental justice, lead poisoning, global warming, sustainability, commons management, and the relationship between environmental protection and tourism in developing countries. Dr. Gelobter presently serves on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council.
Monique Harden, Co-Director & Attorney, Advocates for Environmental Human Rights
Monique Harden is the co-director and attorney of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights (AEHR), a nonprofit, public interest law firm in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA that she co-founded with attorney Nathalie Walker in 2002. AEHR provides human rights-based legal services, community organizing support, and public advocacy for the survival of communities harmed by toxic pollution and disasters. On behalf of African American residents in Mossville, Louisiana, Ms. Harden and AEHR legal staff filed the first ever human rights petition that seeks fundamental change of the United States environmental regulatory system. The petition was filed in March 2005 with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, AEHR is spearheading advocacy and organizing efforts aimed at establishing recovery as a legal right, not a promise, in accordance with the United Nations? Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. Ms. Harden has coordinated international coalitions advocating for human rights in the context of environmental justice as well as disaster profiteering and economic displacement.
Darryl Malek-Wiley, Associate Representative, Grassroots Organizer-Louisiana Environmental Justice Project, Sierra Club
Mr. Malek-Wiley has as his objective, to work on environmental policy issues at city, state, regional, national and international level. Currently, he holds the following position with the Sierra Club: Associate Representative, Grassroots Organizer, Louisiana Environmental Justice Project. Mr. Malek-Wiley holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Social Studies from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA and is pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Environmental Sociology at the University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA. Mr. Malek-Wiley served as an Environmental Policy Consultant from July 1985 to May 2004 with numerous environmental institutions. Mr. Malek-Wiley has a long history of active involvement in the environmental arena, from 1972 to the present and has presented many papers and he has received many awards from environmental organizations including the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Alabama Chapter Sierra Club, 1979 and Outstanding Service and Leadership Award as President of the Mississippi River Basin Alliance 2000
Executive Director - Groundwork USA Vernice Miller-Travis is Vice Chair of the Maryland State Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities, and Co-founder West Harlem Environmental Action. Previously, Miller-Travis was executive director of the Environmental Support Center in Washington, D.C. and Groundwork USA, a network of nonprofit environmental organizations that help communities use their assets to eliminate environmental poverty and become vibrant, healthier, and safer places to live. As a program officer of the Ford Foundation, she launched their environmental justice portfolio for grantmaking in the United States. She has served as the director of the Environmental Justice Initiative at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. Miller-Travis also served on the EPA's All Appropriate Inquiry Federal Advisory Committee, which wrote the statutory language for the "Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Redevelopment Act" passed by Congress in 2002. She is a cofounder of West Harlem Environmental Action, a 20-year-old community-based environmental justice organization in New York City and she is a founding member of The National Black Environmental Justice Network.