People

  • Richard L. Revesz

    Richard L. Revesz

    Director

    Richard L. Revesz is dean emeritus and Lawrence King Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. He graduated summa cum laude in Civil Engineering and Public Affairs from Princeton University, received an M.S. in Civil Engineering from MIT, and was awarded his J.D. by Yale Law School, where he was the editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. Following judicial clerkships with Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the Supreme Court of the United States, Professor Revesz joined the NYU Law faculty in 1985, received tenure in 1990, and was appointed dean in 2002. In early 2014, Revesz was named director of the American Law Institute.

    He has published more than 50 articles and books on environmental and administrative law. His work on issues of federalism and environmental regulation, the valuation of human life and the use of cost-benefit analysis, and the design of liability rules for environmental protection has set the agenda for environmental law scholars for the past decade. He is a Trustee of the American Museum of Natural History, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Science, Technology, and Law, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    View Professor Revesz’s faculty profile.

  • Michael A. Livermore

    Michael A. Livermore

    Non-Resident Senior Advisor, and Founding Executive Director

    Michael A. Livermore was the founding executive director of the Institute for Policy Integrity and now serves as a senior advisor. He is a professor at the University of Virginia’s School of Law. He is the author, along with Richard L. Revesz, of Retaking Rationality: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environment and Our Health (Oxford University Press, 2008). He is a frequent panelist at U.S. and international conferences on cost-benefit analysis and his views and commentary have appeared in BusinessWeek, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and Time. Livermore was a postdoctoral fellow at NYU’s Law Center for Environmental and Land Use Law and served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Harry T. Edwards at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Between 1995 and 2002, Livermore worked for the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) where he was a leading voice of the state’s environmental community. Livermore graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, where he was a managing editor of the NYU Law Review. He has published legal scholarship on topics including cost-benefit analysis in the global context, regulatory ossification, water pollution control, judicial decisionmaking, and international food safety standards.

    View Michael Livermore’s CV.

  • Jason A Schwartz

    Jason A Schwartz

    Legal Director

    Jason A Schwartz is the legal director at Policy Integrity and teaches the Regulatory Policy Clinic. Schwartz joined Policy Integrity with the inaugural class of fellows in 2008. Previously, as an associate with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Schwartz provided strategic counsel to municipalities and foreign governments in their pursuit of appropriations, favorable international trade policies, and homeland security assistance from the federal government. He also advised public and private clients on current legislative initiatives, concentrating on energy and environmental policies, and on disaster, terrorism, and biosafety-preparedness. Schwartz graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law where he was an articles editor for the NYU Environmental Law Journal. He has authored or co-authored several publications at Policy Integrity, including 52 Experiments with Regulatory Review: The Political and Economic Inputs into State Rulemaking and The Road Ahead: EPA’s Options and Obligations for Greenhouse Gas Regulation and has published scholarship on topics including climate change, biodiversity, and the regulation of bioscience research and development.

  • Edna Ishayik

    Edna Ishayik

    Communications Director

    Edna Ishayik is the communications director at Policy Integrity. Prior to that, Ishayik worked in electoral politics for eight years on campaigns up and down the ballot and all over the Northeast. She has served in a variety of roles: fundraising, field operations, and campaign management. In January 2006, she became the deputy political director for Eliot Spitzer’s gubernatorial campaign and then worked as the executive director of the New York State Democratic Party. Ishayik earned her B.A. in Philosophy from Douglass College at Rutgers University, where she was an Eagleton Institute of Politics Undergraduate Fellow as well as a scholar at the Institute of Women’s Leadership. Her article, “Changing the Face of Leadership” was published in January 2010 as part of an anthology entitled Leading the Way: Young Women’s Activism for Social Change.

  • Valerie Stahl

    Valerie Stahl

    Development and Events Associate

    Valerie Stahl joined Policy Integrity in August 2012. Previously, Ms. Stahl was a fellow at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office for Policy Development & Research in her native Washington, D.C. There, she worked on international and philanthropic initiatives in the field of sustainable urban development, including aiding in the coordination of the OECD Roundtable for Mayors and Ministers and preparing the US delegation for UN-HABITAT’s Sixth World Urban Forum. Ms. Stahl holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs from Sciences Po Paris and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Social and Cultural Analysis from New York University.

  • Susan Szarkowitz

    Senior Communications Associate

    Susan Szarkowitz is the senior communications associate at Policy Integrity. She has worked at newspapers and wire agencies in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, London and New York, and as a senior editor in Research and Communications at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. A Wisconsin native, she did her B.A. in English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and M.A. in linguistics at Indiana University-Bloomington. Upon completing her M.A., she received an IU-Chinese University of Hong Kong teaching fellowship. She is currently enrolled in NYU’s Wagner executive master of public administration program.

  • View alumni

Fellows

  • Kevin Cromar (Adjunct)

    Kevin Cromar (Adjunct)

    Kevin Cromar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (Research) at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Medicine at NYU School of Medicine, is an environmental epidemiologist specializing in exposure assessment and human health impacts of air pollution. His recent research has focused on identifying sub-populations susceptible to the adverse effects of air pollution. Dr. Cromar has collaborated with Policy Integrity on a number of original research projects since 2008 including a study on the health risks of residual oil combustion that led to the passage of two new city regulations controlling residual oil use in New York City. Dr. Cromar’s experience with translational research and environmental health policy includes receiving a Clinical and Translational TL1 Fellowship, receiving a Ruth L. Kirchstein National Service Training Award, and currently serving on the NYU NIEHS community outreach and education core (COEC) internal advisory board.

  • Denise Grab

    Denise Grab

    Denise Grab joined Policy Integrity as a legal fellow in August 2012. Previously, she worked as a litigation associate in the San Francisco office of Bingham McCutchen LLP. Before that, she clerked for the Honorable A. Howard Matz of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Ms. Grab focuses on environmental and energy issues. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.E.M. from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Jack Lienke

    Jack Lienke joined Policy Integrity as a legal fellow in January 2014. Previously, he worked as a litigation associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in Manhattan and as a law clerk to the Honorable Janet C. Hall of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. He graduated cum laude from New York University School of Law, where he was a notes editor for the Environmental Law Journal and a research assistant at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. Lienke also holds a B.A. with general honors from Vassar College. His work at Policy Integrity focuses on climate change policy.

  • Gonzalo Moyano (Adjunct)

    Gonzalo Moyano (Adjunct)

    Gonzalo Moyano joined Policy Integrity in August 2009 and is currently an adjunct fellow in Santiago, Chile. He is recent graduate of NYU Law’s Master of Laws (LLM) program and also holds a LLB from the University of Chile School of Law, where he is a faculty member. He is the author of several articles regarding zoning, environmental assessment, transport infrastructure, and conservation of natural resources.

  • Peter Howard

    Peter Howard is the Environmental Defense Fund and Natural Resources Defense Council Climate Valuation Fellow at Policy Integrity. He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis, where his research focused on climate change, environmental policy, and agricultural policy. Howard also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College. He most recently wrote “Omitted Damages: What’s Missing from the Social Cost of Carbon,” in which he examines the Integrated Assessment Models used to produce the U.S. social cost of carbon estimate. He also co-authored for Nature journal “Global Warming: Improve Economic Models of Climate Change,” along with Policy Integrity Director Richard Revesz, economist Kenneth Arrow, and others. In addition, he co-authored a report for the California Department of Food and Agriculture entitled Potential Economic Impacts of the February 1, 2010, Department of Pesticide Regulation Draft Restrictions to Address Pesticide Drift and Runoff to Protect Surface Water: Case Study Analysis.

  • View alumni

Research Associates