As a member of the Newark Education Workers (NEW) Caucus, an advocacy group of public school educators, Yvette worked with NRDC to file a lawsuit against the city and state, which would force the replacement of the toxic lead pipes causing the crisis.
Despite pushback, their advocacy garnered national attention—and worked. The case was settled
in 2021 and led the city to replace nearly 23,000 lead pipes in under a year, a project that was originally estimated to take a decade. This has made Newark a national model for change.