Ruth Ann Norton serves as President & CEO of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative. 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 U.S. A founding member of the Maryland Lead Poisoning Prevention Commission, she led the efforts in Maryland to reduce childhood lead poisoning by 98% and helped develop 27 pieces of state and local legislation to prevent lead poisoning and create healthier homes. She has served as a consultant to 35 state and local governments to help design effective healthy housing programs. She has been engaged with the management, design and technical assistance for more than 30 federally funded Green & Healthy Homes programs.
Recently, there has been a renewed and important focus on lead poisoning and its toxic legacy that has undermined generations of American children. This heightened awareness has been brought on by the horrific stories out of Flint, Michigan and the life of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. City after city, state after state have realized this is a national issue that requires renewed and urgent attention.