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I'm NRDC's Director of Communications so Switchboard and are ultimately my responsibility. (Cheers or jeers can be sent my way ... more cheers than jeers please!)

As of July 2007, I'm celebrating my two year anniversay with NRDC. My team of 40 or so dedicated crazies and I manage all communications operations: media relations, marketing and publications, federal communications, NRDC online, multimedia development and OnEarth magazine, NRDC's prize-winning quarterly publication.

Before joining NRDC's staff, I worked for 15 years for the ACLU, first in the New York headquarters and then for a decade in Washington. (A three-month assignment that turned into a 10-year chunk of my life, but that's a different story.) And before that, I was a reporter for The New York Times. I started at the Times as a copy boy after leaving Penn State's happy valley.

That's the extent of my work career. Home life is in lovely New Hope, PA, and is shared with my husband Tim and our six dogs -- Osceola Jack, Doris, Millie, Samantha, Frances and the newest member of the family Beatrice -- and a cat named Max who not very surprisingly thinks he is a dog. Finishing off the household is our roommate Robert and the three feral cats he rescued many years ago.

Roots in:
the "greater" northeast of Philadelphia
Favorite place:
The first scenic overlook heading north on Route 1 out of San Francisco. I've spent many hours there staring off into the Pacific and watching the water crash against the rocks.
Why "environmentalism" matters:
The planet will survive. The question is whether humanity will be around to enjoy it.

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