Diane D’Arrigo, Radioactive Waste Project Director. Her main area of expertise is radioactive waste and radiation issues. In addition, she has considerable international experience. She has closely followed so-called “low-level” nuclear waste issues for decades, the national and international moves to deregulate nuclear waste that would allow it to be made into everyday household items and be dumped as regular trash. She has been with NIRS since 1986, has a degree in chemistry and environmental studies and work experience in analytical chemistry and biological research.
Denise Jakobsberg, Administrative Coordinator. Provides NIRS with administrative organizing and bookkeeping skills. Her environmental interests have been spurred by a degree in Horticulture and volunteering with a local environmental advocacy group. Her first year with NIRS’s dedicated, hard working team has been quite inspirational.
Tim Judson, Executive Director. Tim joined NIRS September 2013 as Associate Director, and has served as Executive Director since 2014. Tim leads NIRS’s work on nuclear reactor and climate change issues, and has written a series of reports on nuclear bailouts and sustainable energy. Chair of the Board of Citizens Awareness Network, one of the lead organizations in the successful campaign to close the Vermont Yankee reactor; co-founder of Alliance for a Green Economy in New York.
Mary Olson, Director of the Southeast Office. Implements NIRS’ mission in the Southeast. Olson joined NIRS staff in 1991, and served in DC as lobbyist for the Stop Mobile Chernobyl Campaign, and as NIX MOX Campaign Coordinator. The Southeast Office, founded in 1999 and based in Asheville, NC enables action on new nuclear initiatives in the region, of which there are many. A seasoned public speaker, Olson is a frequent guest on radio and has appeared on national and regional television. She has a B.A. from Reed College, with a double major in Biology and History of Science, and subsequent study in chemistry and biochemistry at Purdue University.