Robert Verchick is Deputy Associate Administrator of the Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He is currently on leave from Loyola University New Orleans, where he holds the Gauthier-St. Martin Chair in Environmental Law. He is a graduate of Stanford University and of Harvard Law School. Verchick began his teaching career at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and has been a visiting professor at Peking University (China), Aarhus University (Denmark), Lewis & Clark College (Portland, OR), and Seattle University. Before entering academia he practiced environmental law at Riddell Williams in Seattle. Verchick served for five years on the board of the Center for Progressive Reform. He is author or co-author of three books, including "Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post-Katrina World" (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press 2010).