The Legal Director is a practitioner of environmental justice with an exceptional ability to identify and act on opportunities to use legal tools and practices to advance AAH Strategic Priorities that result in sustained and improved air quality and public health, particularly for communities of color and other fenceline neighborhoods in the greater Houston/Harris County area. The Legal Director will be a stalwart champion for strong and consistent enforcement of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and will be ready to hold regulatory agencies and private polluters accountable. The Legal Director coordinates and implements the agency’s legal strategy and activities including efforts to build legal literacy among impacted residents. This includes overseeing the AAH’s Environmental Justice Leadership Lab (EJLL), which provides training and technical assistance to residents for impacting environmental decision-making at all levels. The Legal Director will be the community’s lawyer for air quality and environmental justice.
The Research and Policy Director ensures the foundation for the AAH theory of change by producing science-based, equity-centered data and analysis that form the basis of educational messaging and advocacy efforts to reduce the public health impacts of air pollution and advance environmental justice. The Research and Policy Director coordinates and implements the agency’s research and policy agendas at the local, regional, state, and national levels. They design, implement, and oversee equity-centered primary data collection efforts including Community- Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and Health Impact Assessment (HIA) as well as secondary data analyses such as data modeling and mapping to demonstrate the impact of air pollution on public health. The Research and Policy Director is an expert in air science, sources and types of air pollutants, Best Available Control Technologies and other best practices, and sources for air quality data for decision-making. They are curious about answering new questions about air pollution and finding strategic solutions to improving public health and health equity.