Lokey Fellow - Health Program

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 630 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and results are a way of life.

Environmental Defense Fund (edf.org), a leading international nonprofit organization, creates transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF links science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships. Connect with us on EDF Voices, Twitter and Facebook.


Are you interested in exploring a career at an internationally-recognized environmental organization? By joining EDF as a Lokey Fellow, you too can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life. The Lokey Fellowship welcomes intellectually hungry leaders to join us, advance our work, and cultivate the skills and relationships needed for a successful career working for the environment. Lokey Alumni have gone on to important leadership positions, both within and outside of EDF.


The Lokey Fellowship program started in 1992 as an internship opportunity. Since then, the Lokey endowment has added over 22 interns and 18 fellows to Environmental Defense Fund. Their

accomplishments have been far-reaching and some of the fellows continue their work on our staff - for example, Lisa Moore started as a Lokey Fellow and now works as a Senior Scientist in the Office of the Chief Scientist!


Introduction to the EDF Health Program

The mission of EDF’s Health Program is to protect human health by reducing exposure to pollution and harmful chemicals in our air, water, food and consumer products. Grounded in strong science, our experts work to advance strong chemicals policies and spur greater corporate action to replace harmful substances and practices with safer alternatives. In addition, we are increasingly harnessing cutting-edge technology and innovation to tackle toxic chemical challenges and accelerate solutions.


Background for Fellowship

There is a dearth of information on chemical exposures occurring across the population. As a result, significant challenges persist in understanding what specific chemical exposures are occurring to whom and in what combination—information that is critical to protecting public health. At the same time there is growing demand for this type of information from individual consumers and institutions as well as those in the clinical arena who recognize that health outcomes are largely defined by interactions between a person’s genes and their environment.


Over the past year, EDF has worked with researchers, technology developers, and innovation experts to better understand the potential of personal chemical exposure monitoring (PCEM) to support evidencebased actions, interventions, and policies to reduce harmful exposures, and to activate a network interested in driving the development, uptake, and scaling of breakthrough chemical monitoring technologies. Our efforts have identified several exciting and promising opportunities to advance the development and uptake of personal chemical exposure monitoring.


Reports to

Senior Scientist, Health Program


Overall Function

EDF Health is seeking a Lokey fellow to support and lead portions of recently identified PCEM projects in collaboration with other major private and academic institutions. Specific projects will be assigned commensurate with the Lokey fellow’s interests, background, and training.


Key Responsibilities

Lokey fellow responsibilities will vary depending on the specific projects assigned according to the fellow’s interests, background, and training. Examples of specific areas of work include:

- Lead and coordinate research efforts to investigate effective risk communication of individual chemical exposure information.

- Help define key technical parameters of and research opportuntities possible with a large-scale direct-to-consumer biomonitoring tool, including the identification of an initial target set of public health relevant chemicals or chemical classes to biomonitor.

- Scope potential large-scale research projects to deploy the use of personal chemical information including but not limited to identifying relationships between exposures, behaviors, and health outcomes and what key research opportunities may be possible in the near- and long-term to integrate exposomic and other ‘omic data (e.g., genomic and metabolomic).

- Guide and manage our efforts to characterize market demand for personal chemical exposure information, and begin to design and develop investment strategies based on such information.



Required qualifications

- Master’s degree required; biology, chemistry, public health, economics, or MBA preferred (from Stanford University).

- Strong organizational and project management skills including the ability to coordinate multiple work streams.

- Comfortable working both independently and as a team in a dynamic work environment.

- Strong communication and interpersonal skills.


Project-dependent qualifications

Candidates need not meet all the qualifications below, they are intended to be representative of skill sets that would be valuable across the spectrum of projects a fellow may be assigned.

- Training and experience in developing market strategies to launch new products.

- Training and experience in risk communication.

- Knowledge and training in environmental health research, toxicology, epidemiology, or exposure science (human biomonitoring expertise preferred, but not required).

- Proficiency in mining large data sets.



Washington, DC



1-year term



Full-time (35 hours/week)


Application Materials

Interested applicants should attach their cover letter and resume to the EDF application, together with lists of publications and if possible 1-2 examples of reports or presentations that exemplify work relevant to the key responsibilities or qualifications described above.

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.