Lois Epstein, P.E., an Alaska-licensed engineer, is Arctic Program Director for The Wilderness Society, a national conservation organization, and currently President of the board of the Pipeline Safety Trust. Her work focuses on ensuring that onshore and offshore – especially Arctic – oil and gas operations are as safe and environmentally-sound as possible and protecting sensitive areas from new resource development.
Previously, Ms. Epstein was a private consultant on environmental and policy issues and a senior engineer for several national and regional non-profit organizations. Ms. Epstein has presented invited testimony before the U.S. Congress on over a dozen occasions, largely focusing on release prevention in the oil and gas sector.
Additionally, she has served on several federal advisory committees covering offshore operations, pipeline safety, and refineries, and currently serves on a National Academy of Sciences committee studying performance-based safety regulation. Ms. Epstein has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, BBC, NPR, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Ms. Epstein has a masters’ degree from Stanford University in Civil Engineering with a specialization in environmental engineering and science, and undergraduate degrees from both Amherst College (English) and MIT (mechanical engineering).