Join the discussion on the water contamination crisis that has devastated one of Michigan's largest cities.
National Wildlife Federation
Simone Lightfoot is the Director of National Urban Initiatives at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). She works on conservation and wildlife issues all around the country that impact front-line communities, from access to clean and affordable water to urban impacts of climate change, to the transition of post-industrial urban centers. Simone connects NWF’s existing work in key urban communities to national social and environmental justice organizations, fostering alliances and partnerships, and expanding NWF relationships with urban elected leaders at the national level. She is an Air Force Veteran, and previously served as deputy chief of staff in the Michigan House of Representatives and state director for voter empowerment for the national NAACP.
President of Genesee County Hispanic Latino Collaborative, Inc
Mark is Michigan Radio's Digital Media Director. He works to develop and maintain the station's overall digital strategy. As a senior producer/reporter from 2010 to 2016 he helped move the station toward publishing more online-first stories. From 2000 to 2006, he worked as the technical director and senior producer for Michigan Radio's regional environmental news service known as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium. From 2006 to 2010, as the unit's co-manager and senior producer, Mark helped transition the GLRC into an award-winning national news service known as The Environment Report. He has won several state and national awards for his work on-air and online. Mark is a graduate of the University of Michigan ('00 MS in Environmental Policy and Planning & '91 BA in Political Science) and has been a "public radio junkie" since 1992. Much of Mark's storytelling philosophy was influenced through his close work with veteran CBC "réalisateur" David Candow.