• Richard L. Revesz

    Richard L. Revesz


    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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. He can be reached at or (212) 998-6093.

  • Denise Grab

    Denise Grab

    Senior Attorney

    Denise Grab, Policy Integrity’s senior attorney, originally joined the institute 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.

  • Peter Howard

    Peter Howard

    Economics Director

    Peter Howard is the economics director at Policy Integrity, and a former economic fellow. Much of his work focuses on the social cost of carbon and integrated assessment models. He is the lead researcher for the Cost of Carbon Pollution Project, a collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC). 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.

  • Jayni Foley Hein

    Jayni Foley Hein

    Policy Director

    Jayni Foley Hein is the policy director at the Institute for Policy Integrity, focusing on climate change, energy, and transportation issues. From 2011 to 2014, she served as executive director of UC Berkeley School of Law’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, where she led strategic initiatives and authored reports, amicus briefs, and op-eds. Previously, as an associate with Latham & Watkins LLP, she counseled clients on regulatory matters and handled trial and appellate litigation involving environmental law and federal preemption. She also served as managing attorney at San Francisco Baykeeper. Ms. Hein earned her J.D., Order of the Coif, from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and her B.A., with highest distinction, from the University of Virginia. She can be reached at or (212) 992-8182.

  • Derek Sylvan

    Derek Sylvan

    Communications Director

    Derek Sylvan is the communications director at Policy Integrity. He previously worked as a senior consultant with Context America, advising multinational companies on sustainability issues. He has authored reports on climate and energy issues for the Brookings Institution and the League of Conservation Voters. Sylvan has more than eight years of experience in media and journalism. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Ethical Corporation, and the Journal of Public and International Affairs. He has also produced documentaries for Major League Baseball and Inform, an environmental media organization. Sylvan has a master’s degree in public policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs as well as a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University. He can be reached at or (212) 998-6085.

  • Phoebe Hinton

    Phoebe Hinton

    Associate for Development, Events, and Operations

    Phoebe Hinton joined Policy Integrity in July 2014. Ms. Hinton provides logistical support for all of Policy Integrity’s fundraising work and public events. Previously, Ms. Hinton worked at the Association to Benefit Children, providing grant and program support to a variety of direct service programs serving the neediest members of the East Harlem Community. In addition to her work with Policy Integrity, Ms. Hinton serves as the marketing and communications director for the United Nations Association of Southern New York’s Young Professionals chapter. Ms. Hinton received her B.A. from Yale University in 2011, where she majored in Humanities. She can be reached at or (212) 998-6596.

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  • Jack Lienke

    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.

  • Burcin Unel

    Burcin Unel

    Burcin Unel is an economics fellow at the Institute for Policy Integrity, and an adjunct faculty member at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She previously held faculty positions at the Department of Economics at Boğaziçi University and the Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the University of Florida, and taught as an adjunct faculty member at the City College of New York. Her areas of expertise include health economics and policy, industrial organization, regulation, and applied microeconomics. Her current research uses microeconomic theory as a foundation for policy analysis, focusing specifically on the incentives created by different policy designs. She is also interested in examining the social welfare implications of different policies and regulations, focusing particularly on the labor market implications of health care and environmental policies. Unel received a B.A. in Economics from Boğaziçi University in Turkey and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Florida.

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Affiliated Scholars

  • Kevin Cromar

    Kevin Cromar

    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.

  • Laurie Johnson

    Laurie Johnson

    Laurie Johnson joined Policy Integrity as an Affiliated Scholar in March 2014, where she continues her work on the Cost of Carbon Pollution project. Johnson initiated the project jointly with Policy Integrity and the Environmental Defense Fund in 2012, while serving as Chief Economist for the Climate and Clean Air Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Prior to Policy Integrity, Laurie spent seven years at NRDC, where she concentrated on modeling the costs and benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions; impacts of environmental regulation on employment; industry analyses of the economic impacts of regulation; and macroeconomic modeling of climate change legislation and its distributional impacts. Johnson was a professor of economics at the University of Denver for eight years, and she has published in peer reviewed journals including Ecological Economics, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, and the Journal of Economic Education. Johnson received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington, Seattle and her B.A. in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Johnson is also a Senior Economic Advisor at Ethics & Environment, a Washington D.C. based consultancy in climate change policy, economics, and advocacy, and Director of the Citizen Climate Cost Project (CCCP). The CCCP is a unique collaboration between high school students, academics, citizens and civil society institutions estimating local economic costs of climate change in American communities.

  • Gonzalo Moyano

    Gonzalo Moyano

    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.

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