Global Lead Network: About the Alliance's International Program Staff
K.W. James Rochow, Director of International Programs
K. W. James Rochow is the Director of International Programs for the Alliance, where he manages its initiatives to make lead poisoning prevention a priority for international environmental protection, health, and sustainability, and to implement the International Action Plan for Preventing Lead Poisoning.
Rochow is a former Assistant Attorney General of Pennsylvania and Director of the Eastern Regional Office of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, where he handled landmark cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and other fora. Rochow’s international experience includes working as an environmental expert on the staff of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Tokyo and Bangkok. Rochow previously served as a Japan Foundation Fellow and as an University of Pittsburgh East Asian Studies Fellow. He has also helped train developing country environmental personnel for the Environmental Law Institute and the Agency for International Development.
Rochow has taught international environmental law and policy at Hitotsubashi and Ritsumeikan Universities in Japan, and at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs of the University of Pittsburgh and the National Law Center of George Washington University. He currently teaches the same subject at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he holds the rank of Lecturer of Law. Rochow is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Maria Rapuano, Project Director
Maria Rapuano assists in the management of the Alliance’s international program, directs a variety of policy and advocacy projects, develops policy documents, conducts and participates in international and regional fora, and oversees the Global Lead Network. Rapuano directed the development of the report, The Global Dimensions of Lead Poisoning: An Initial Analysis and authored the policy documents, International Action Plan for Preventing Lead Poisoning and Myths and Realities of Phasing Out Leaded Gasoline.
Rapuano also applies her domestic housing and community work to international issues, particularly the experience she has gained from managing the Alliance’s project to address the remaining core of lead poisoning in the U.S. — lower-income neighborhoods and communities of color.
Prior to her work at the Alliance, Rapuano was a Research Assistant at the Overseas Development Council, where she conducted research on the effects of new communications technologies on developing country NGOs.
Rapuano graduated from The College of William and Mary with a B.A. in Government and a minor in Sociology. She received an M.A. in International Affairs, with concentrations in International Development and International Economic Policy, from The American University in Washington, D.C. While attending The American University, Rapuano conducted extensive research on the relationship between debt and environmental degradation in the developing world.
Laura C. Fudala, International Program Associate
Laura Fudala joined the Alliance staff to supply research assistance on pertinent issues, including leaded gasoline phase-out, global climate change, clean fuels, and sustainable development indicators. Fudala also provides support for activities in regional and international fora. She additionally manages the Global Lead Network website and is the Health and Environment Issues Coordinator for the Sustainable Development Issues Network.
Fudala received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Allegheny College, where she focused her studies on international environmental issues by completing a senior thesis concerning population policies and spending a term abroad with the Semester at Sea program. After graduating, she specialized in environmental assessments with a consulting firm in the Washington, D. C. area. Fudala also served in the United States Peace Corps in Niger, Africa before coming to the Alliance.