The Health and Climate Solutions Advisory Committee is helping to identify, document, and support efforts to improve health and health equity by taking action to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Division Chief, General Academic Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine; Medical Director, Community Integration, University Hospital’s Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital; Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Shaker Heights, OH.
Aparna is a national leader in both sustainability and community integration. At UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital she leads efforts to build close partnerships with community organizations and stakeholders to enhance the well-being of patients and families at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s and MacDonald Women’s Hospitals, and supports innovation in women’s and pediatric primary care delivery. She serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health Executive Committee, and the boards of Healthcare Without Harm, Practice Greenhealth, and the Ohio Environmental Council. She is the President of Ohio Clinicians for Climate Action.
Vice President, Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization, National Wildlife Federation, Washington, D.C.
Mustafa previously led the strategic direction, expansion and operation of the Hip Hop Caucus’ portfolio on Climate, Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization. The Hip Hop Caucus is a national, non-profit and non-partisan organization that connects the Hip Hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change. He previously spent 24 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice and Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization. He led the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJIWG), which was comprised of 17 federal agencies and White House offices.
Executive Director, UPROSE, Brooklyn, NY
A national leader in the area of climate justice and community empowerment, Elizabeth is an attorney, co-chair of the Climate Justice Alliance, and Executive Director of UPROSE, Brooklyn’s oldest Latino community-based organization. Prior to UPROSE, Elizabeth was the Director of Legal Education and Training at the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund, Director of Legal Services for the American Indian law Alliance and Dean of Puerto Rican Student Affairs at Yale University. Elizabeth was the first Latina Chair of the US EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. Her most recent effort led to the creation of a US EPA NEJAC workgroup dedicated to developing recommendations for resilience from storm surges for industrial waterfront communities. She is a co-founder of the BEA-I (Building Equity & Alignment for Impact) and she also serves on the steering committees of the Solution Project and Climate Justice Alliance. Elizabeth holds a BA from Fordham University, and a JD from Northeastern University.
Senior Advisor for Public Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; Director, NIEHS-WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
At NIEHS, John serves as a Senior Advisor to the Director on public health issues and as NIEHS liaison to its external constituencies, stakeholders, and advocacy groups. He also leads NIEHS efforts on climate change and human health. He was previously the Chief Health Scientist for Environmental Defense Fund, Founding Director of the Center for Risk Science and Public Health at George Washington University, and founding co-Director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment. Dr. Balbus received his BA in Biochemistry from Harvard University, his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and his M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute, Boulder, CO
Jules is the Chief Executive Officer of Rocky Mountain Institute and is a recognized leader on global energy issues and climate change. Prior to RMI, Jules was the founding CEO of the European Climate Foundation, the largest philanthropic organization dedicated to policy development and advocacy on climate change in Europe. Before launching ECF, he served as a member of the Dutch parliament for the Christian Democratic Party. He previously was the CEO for International Operations of ClientLogic Corporation, worked for almost 10 years for Royal Dutch/Shell, and began his career as an analyst at McKinsey & Co. Jules currently serves on the Energy Transition Commission, on the WEF Future Council on Energy and on the Board of Stedin Holding NV. Jules received his MBA from Harvard and his Masters in Economics from Erasmus University in the Netherlands.
Director of Strategic and Student Flourishing Initiatives, Contemplative Sciences Center, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Lyndsay recently transitioned to her new role at the University of Virginia, where she oversees the Contemplative Sciences Center’s Student Flourishing division, supports expansion of the center’s national and international networks, and ensures CSC’s work is streamlined, efficient, and mission oriented. In her previous role at the American Lung Association, Lyndsay directed the organization’s efforts to reduce air pollution. Lyndsay has more than 15 years’ experience in environmental health policy and advocacy, working to broaden the base of support for action to address air pollution and climate change by helping Americans connect these issues to their core values. Lyndsay has a B.A. in public policy analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master’s in Public Administration with a certificate in environmental policy from the University of Tennessee.
Executive Director, Alaska Native Science Commission, Anchorage, AK
Patricia Cochran is an Inupiat Eskimo born and raised in Nome, Alaska. Ms. Cochran serves as Executive Director of the Alaska Native Science Commission (ANSC). The ANSC provides a linkage for creating partnerships and communication between science and research and Alaska Native communities. Ms. Cochran previously served as Administrator of the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Executive Director of the Alaska Community Development Corporation. Ms. Cochran also served as Chair of the 2009 Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change and Co-Chair of the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Network on Climate Change. She is the past Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, an international organization representing 160,000 Inuit of Alaska, Canada, Russian and Greenland; former Chair of the Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat to the 8 nation, Arctic Council; and former Arctic Representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Ms. Cochran currently serves as Past Chair of the American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Caucus of the American Public Health Association and as a board member of several other organizations.
Executive Director, Children’s Environmental Health Network, Washington, DC
For the past 18 years, Nsedu has served as a key spokesperson for children’s vulnerabilities and the need for their protection, conducting presentations and lectures across the country. Ms. Witherspoon is also a Board member for the Pesticide Action Network of North America and serves on the Maryland Children’s Environmental Health Advisory Council. She is co-chairwoman of the Health Node – exploring the intersection of climate and toxic chemicals. She serves as a member of the NIH Council of Councils, on the Science Advisory Board for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the External Science Board for the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) NIH Research work. Ms. Witherspoon is also a Board member for the Pesticide Action Network of North America, the Environmental Integrity Project, and serves on the Maryland Children’s Environmental Health Advisory Council. Ms. Witherspoon has a BS from Siena College and an M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health from The George Washington University.
Retired SVP, Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy, Kaiser Permanente; Board of Directors, CDC Foundation; Trustee, Blue Shield of California Foundation; Policy Advisory Council, UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Ray Baxter is a global voice for public health and health care reform. His career spans 40 years of developing, managing, and evaluating large-scale public health, hospital, long-term care, and mental health systems. Ray previously lead all research and community initiatives for Kaiser Permanente, the country’s largest integrated health care insurer and provider organization. Previously Baxter headed San Francisco Department of public health, New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation, and The Lewin Group. Ray received his PhD from Princeton University.