Jane Houlihan directs research programs at the Environmental Working Group. In spearheading work that exposes health risks from toxins in food, air, water and consumer products, Ms. Houlihan has propelled EWG to the forefront of debates on such critical issues as mercury in seafood, contaminants in drinking water, chemicals in personal care products, and the human “body burden,” or what EWG calls “the pollution in people.”
She serves as a national spokesperson on issues of environmental health, having appearing on such shows as 20/20, the network nightly news and morning shows, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. She brings a perspective that draws from her experience both as a researcher and a mother of two young children. Prior to joining EWG, she practiced as an environmental engineer for 10 years.
She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in engineering from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, with postgraduate studies at Stanford University.