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Sarah Smith

Program Director, Super Pollutants
Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith leads CATF’s team focused on minimizing emissions of potent, super pollutants including methane and black carbon. She also serves as co-chair of the Methane Partners Campaign, which advocates for nationwide methane pollution standards for the U.S. oil and gas industry. A 2011 Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation Fellow, Sarah brings more than ten years of experience managing successful projects and campaigns in NGO and government settings. Prior to joining CATF, Sarah worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she contributed to rulemakings in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics located in Washington, DC. Previously, she worked for Clean Water Action, where she led a coalition of more than 50 Connecticut organizations that worked to craft and pass seven state laws and 12 local policies aimed at protecting human health and the environment from toxic chemicals. During that time, Sarah also served as a state policy expert for Safer Chemicals, Health Families and built state-level support for four pieces of federal environmental health legislation. In addition, she coordinated the Connecticut Alliance Against Diesel Pollution. In collaboration with CATF, the Alliance won funding from the state to retrofit Connecticut’s school and transit bus fleets with pollution controls. Sarah has also held research and conservation positions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Yellowstone Ecological Research Center, and Yale University.

Sarah received an M.S. in Environmental Health Science & Policy from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 2012. She also holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College in Environmental Biology and Environmental Studies.