Lucia Coulter

Director & Co-Founder of Lead Exposure Elimination Project

Pronouns: She/her

Nominated by Cassie Crockett

Lead Elimination Project

Dr. Lucia Coulter is co-founder and director at Lead Exposure Elimination Project (LEEP), a health policy nonprofit working to reduce childhood lead poisoning in low- and middle-income countries. One in three children around the globe have dangerous levels of lead in their bloodstream, levels high enough to cause irreversible brain damage and impose severe health, economic, and societal consequences. Through applied research and targeted advocacy LEEP aims to improve the health, wellbeing, and future potential of millions of children.
Previously, Dr. Coulter worked as a doctor in the UK’s National Health Service. She has published peer-reviewed research in the field of public health, taught microbiology and parasitology as an academic supervisor at the University of Cambridge, and gained clinical experience in low-resource contexts. Dr. Coulter is a Trustee of Effective Altruism UK, a Schmidt Futures Innovation Fellow, and a graduate from the Charity Entrepreneurship Incubation Program. She holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, and a Master’s degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge. 
Thematic photo by Swathi Sridharan