Richard E. Ayres co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he was a leader on issues of air pollution and global climate disruption. He chaired the National Clean Air Coalition, which represented environmental, public health, labor and religious organizations during congressional consideration of amendments to the Clean Air Act in 1977, 1980, and 1990. He founded the Ayres Law Group in 2001, which represented a wide variety of industrial and other clients seeking stronger environmental regulation. Dick graduated from Princeton University and Yale Law School, and holds an advanced degree in Political Science from Yale. In 2010, he received the Yale Law School Association’s Award of Merit, its highest recognition.