The Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group (DRCC/TAG) has named Paulina Lopez, LLM, the new executive director, effective January 1, 2019.
Lopez, who is a holder of a Master of Laws degree (LLM) in Intercultural Human Rights from St. Thomas University, will replace DRCC/TAG’s long-time coordinator James Rasmussen.
In the official announcement, the EPA-recognized organization expressed its thank yous to its former leader, describing him as a true visionary, hard-working environmentalist, and committed public servant. Rasmussen will stay with DRCC/TAG in a part-time technical lead role until his retirement.
As an expert in Intercultural Human Rights, Paulina Lopez boasts over 25 years of experience working with issues of social justice, civil rights, diversity, education, and equality. Environmental law was always a big part of her political initiatives, even before she joined DRCC/TAG around eight years ago.
During that time, Lopez served as a Community Engagement Director and established and co-led a special Duwamish Valley Youth Corps Program dedicated to complex cleanup projects.
Her long resume includes a number of leading civil rights and environmental initiatives such as King County’s Health Impact Assesment, Public Health Seattle, Equity Cabinet of the King County Land Conservation, Port of Seattle’s Near Port EJ Project, and the CIty’s Seattle’s Equity and Environment Agenda.
Lopez is determined to continue the “unique and powerful legacy” of DRCC/TAG and to help build the collective power to make the community, cultures, and ecosystem of Seattle thrive.