Ruth Ann Norton
Ruth Ann Norton serves as President & CEO of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI), a national nonprofit founded in 1986 dedicated to the elimination of childhood lead poisoning and the creation of healthy, safe and energy efficient housing for America’s children. A dedicated advocate for healthy housing, she broadened the mission of the organization, formerly the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, by designing a groundbreaking national program built on a framework of cross-sector collaboration to efficiently deliver green, healthy and safe homes in communities throughout the United States.
One of the nation’s leading experts on healthy housing, Ms. Norton is a founding member of the Maryland Lead Poisoning Prevention Commission and has led efforts to reduce childhood lead poisoning by 98% in the state of Maryland. In addition, she has served as the primary author of 27 pieces of healthy housing legislation and as the principal or co-principal on more than 30 federally funded grant programs to combat unhealthy housing and improve energy efficiency. Over the course of this work, she has been a senior advisor to government and philanthropy, raising more than $265 million from the public and private sector.
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