Staff and Board Members
Carolyn Raffensperger, M.A., J.D.
Carolyn is executive director of the Science and Environmental Health Network. In 1982 she left a career as an archaeologist in the desert Southwest to join the environmental movement. She first worked for the Sierra Club where she addressed an array of environmental issues, including forest management, river protection, pesticide pollutants, and disposal of radioactive waste. She began working for SEHN in December 1994. As an environmental lawyer she specializes in the fundamental changes in law and policy necessary for the protection and restoration of public health and the environment.
Carolyn is co-editor of Precautionary Tools for Reshaping Environmental Policy published by M.I.T. Press (2006) and Protecting Public Health and the Environment: Implementing the Precautionary Principle, published by Island Press (1999). Together, these volumes are the most comprehensive exploration to date of the history, theory, and implementation of the precautionary principle. Carolyn coined the term “ecological medicine” to encompass the broad notions that both health and healing are entwined with the natural world. She has served on editorial review boards for several environmental and sustainable agriculture journals, and on USEPA and National Research Council committees. She wrote a bimonthly column for the Environmental Law Institute’s journal Environmental Forum from 1999 until 2008.
Carolyn has been featured in Gourmet magazine, the Utne Reader, Yes! Magazine, the Sun, Whole Earth, and Scientific American. Along with leading workshops and giving frequent lectures on the Precautionary Principle, Carolyn is at the forefront of developing new models for government that depend on these larger ideas of precaution and ecological integrity. The new models include guardianship for future generations, a vision for the courts of the 21st century and the public trust doctrine.
Peter Montague, Journalist/Historian, New Brunswick, N.J.
Rebecca Gasior Altman, Treasurer, Writer/Sociologist, Arlington, MA
Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director, Indigenous Environmental Network. Bemidji, MN
Previous Board Members:
Angie Carter, Assistant Professor, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
David Wallinga, Senior Health Officer, NRDC
Elise Miller, MEd, Director, Collaborative on Health and the Environment, Founder and Former Executive Director, Institute for Children’s Environmental Health Freeland, WA
Frank Peterman, Southeast Regional Director, The Wilderness Society, Atlanta, GA
Lois N. Epstein, P.E. Director, Alaska Transportation Priorities Project
Martha Dina Arguello, Executive Director, Health and Environment Programs, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles, CA
Roxanne Turnage, Executive Director, C.S. Fund, Freestone, CA
Sandra Steingraber, Board Member Emeritus Visiting Distinguished Scholar, Ithaca College, Interdisciplinary Studies, Ithaca, N.Y. Author of Living Downstream: A Scientist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment, and Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood.
Steve Lester, Science Director, Center for Health, Environment, and Justice, Falls Church, VA
Dianne Dumanoski, Author, Newton, MA.