Board Members and Officers

Board of Directors

Edward Lloyd, Esq., Chair  

Mr. Lloyd is the Evan M. Frankel Clinical Professor in Environmental Law at Columbia Law School and the Director of the Columbia University Law Clinic.  He is a leading expert in environmental legal issues and citizen suit litigation.  Mr. Lloyd is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Fund for New Jersey and serves on the New Jersey Pinelands Commission.  He is the former Director of the Rutgers Environmental Law Clinic.  



Alexi Assmus, PhD., Vice Chair and Secretary

Alexi Assmus  is founder of Assmus Group, LLC, a niche strategic communications firm.  She co-founded and sold Princeton Bioanalytical Laboratory, a laboratory service company which was acquired by the PharmaNet Corporation in 2008, where she worked with the Senior Vice President of Global Development and Director of Marketing to integrate the laboratory into their international business. Previous to her work in the pharmaceutical industry, Ms. Assmus was a professor of history at Polytechnic University, currently a part of NYU.  She also taught at Princeton University, the University of California at Berkeley, where she was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, and at Harvard University where she was a Mellon Fellow and received PhD in History of Science and a Masters Degree in Physics.  She holds a B.A. in History from Stanford University. Alexi is an activist in environmental and land-use issues, founding Princeton Citizens for Sustainable Neighborhoods in 2012.


Vivian Buckingham  Esq.

Vivian Buckingham is an attorney consultant and legal researcher on climate change issues and environmental matters, particularly as they pertain to environmental justice issues. She is a former lobbyist, having represented Fortune 500 companies and institutional investors who hold progressive stances on the environment and land-use issues.



Usha Wright, Esq.

Usha Wright is President and Chairman of the Board of SHARE Africa.  She served as the Executive Vice President at the environmental engineering firm of O’Brien & Gere and, prior to that, as Senior Vice President and Director of Global Workforce Strategy of ITT Industries, Inc. where she was responsible for driving and delivering the company’s integrated diversity and work/life strategy and programs. Prior to joining ITT in 1993, Ms. Wright was the Executive Director of Health, Safety and Environment at Ciba Geigy. She is currently serving on the board of Scenic Hudson. She has a Masters Degree from the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina, and is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law where she was an editor of Rutgers Law Review. She has served on the Board of Directors of Certified Safety Professionals, the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the National Association of Environmental Managers (NAEM).


Lydia Chambers 

Lydia has been working as an environmental organizer in the Chatham area for the last 15 years.   She served for over a decade on the Planning Board and Open Space Committee in Chatham Township.  In conjunction with the Environmental Commission, she led several environmental campaigns in her community that were later used as models for communities around NJ: pesticide-free lawns and parks, anti-idling, and anti-bottled water.   Lydia co-founded a social business called Back2Tap that worked with schools, non-profits, and corporations nation-wide to raise awareness about the wastefulness of bottled water and to encourage the use of re-useable bottles.   With a BA in Earth Science from Dartmouth College and an MS in Geological Sciences from the University of Colorado, Lydia worked in the oil industry for 9 years as a geological engineer and hydrogeologist.