PROFILE

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Lydia Lawrence

Lydia Lawrence

Lydia is a healthcare professional and outdoor enthusiast, who has lived and worked in the Potomac watershed her entire life. Her journey toward environmental justice began as a nursing student, working at free clinics, helping not only with medical needs, but also with housing and food. While her work in healthcare enabled her to see the vast disparities for those living in wealthy counties, her hobby as a whitewater paddler allowed her see the intimate every day changes that climate change brings to our environment, such as flooding, water pollution and increased algal blooms. These two seemingly different lenses have enabled Lydia to directly build from this experience to become an environmental justice advocate. She started and currently chairs Fairfax NAACP's Environmental and Climate Justice Committee as well as co-chairing PRKN's ad hoc JEDI Committee.

Board member since 2021.