Elyse Pivnick

Senior Director, Environmental Health

Ms. Pivnick has over 25 years of experience in developing and managing environmental health projects in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. In 1999, she created Isles’ Environmental Health Initiative with funds from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The program has since grown to address a broad range of policy and practice challenges in the areas of lead poisoning, asthma, pest management, healthy schools, open space needs, exercise, and nutrition. Ms. Pivnick has written extensively on lead and health issues and about the need to work across sectors to achieve healthier homes and better services for those already affected by lead. She has testified on behalf of legislative changes to support lead safety and community health and is a certified trainer for the New Jersey Healthy Homes Training Center.

Prior to joining Isles, Ms. Pivnick was a project manager for a civil engineering firm in Austin, TX, where she also served as a member of the Austin Environmental Commission. Additionally, she was the founding executive director of a community development organization in Philadelphia and later became the project coordinator for Philadelphia’s Office of Housing and Community Development overseeing projects that included housing rehabilitation, infrastructure reconstruction, community planning and organizing. Ms. Pivnick is a board member of the National Center for Healthy Housing. She has a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.