Find a staff member by department in our staff directory.
Collette Adkins, Senior Attorney, works in the Endangered Species Program, where she focuses on combating exploitation and cruel treatment of rare wildlife. She received her law degree from the University of Minnesota, where she also earned a master’s degree in wildlife conservation. Before joining the Center, Collette was in private practice, where her pro bono work focused on preservation of endangered species and their habitats. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable John R. Tunheim in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.
Contact: Minneapolis, MN, 651.955.3821, email Collette
Melissa Amarello, Population and Sustainability Communications Associate, provides communications support and manages social media for the Population and Sustainability program. Before joining the Center in 2014, she worked on a variety of projects on natural history and conservation of birds and reptiles in Kentucky, Arizona, California and Mexico. More recently she cofounded Advocates for Snake Preservation to change the way people view and treat snakes. She holds a bachelor's degree in wildlife, watershed, and rangeland resources from the University of Arizona and a master's degree in biology from Arizona State University.
Ileene Anderson, Public Lands Deserts Director, Senior Scientist, works to conserve animals and plants and their habitats in the deserts, mountains and urban wildland interface of southern and central California. Her project areas include public lands in the California deserts and mountains, the Santa Ana River Watershed, the Santa Clara River watershed, the inland empire of Southern California and central California, among other places. She holds a master’s in biology from California State Northridge.
Judy Anderson, Bookkeeper, was born and raised in North Dakota. She has a certificate in general business. She worked in retail and nonprofit accounting for 19 years before joining the Center in 2008. She works out of our Tucson office.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 300, email Judy
Amy Atwood, Endangered Species Legal Director, Senior Attorney, manages and carries out litigation for the Center's Endangered Species Program, including efforts to gain protection for species under the Endangered Species Act and to ensure that endangered species are protected and recovered in their native habitats. Before joining the Center in 2007, Amy worked as a staff attorney for the Western Environmental Law Center and as an associate attorney for Meyer & Glitzenstein (now Meyer, Glitzenstein & Crystal). She earned her law degree in 2000 from Vermont Law School and received a bachelor's in political science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995.
Justin Augustine, Senior Attorney, works on endangered species and forest issues. He graduated with a bachelor of science in earth systems from Stanford University and completed his law degree at Lewis and Clark Law School. Prior to law school, Justin was employed as a wildlife biologist and has worked on projects in the San Bernardino Mountains, Yellowstone National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and the John Muir and Ansel Adams Wilderness Areas.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100, ext. 302, jaugustine
Ryan Beam, Public Lands Campaigner, dedicates himself to close analysis of the West's public lands. After earning a degree in natural resource management from Colorado State University he was a contractor for the Grand Canyon Trust before joining the Center. He has focused on forest policy, in-stream flows, methane capture and endangered species recovery, and now works to ensure that ownership of, and management authority over, our public lands is not ceded to private-industry interests.
Lisa Belenky, Senior Attorney, works on protecting rare and endangered species and their habitats under state and federal law. Lisa holds a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law and a bachelor’s in philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Before joining the Center in 2005, she was in private practice focusing on environmental law and employee-benefits litigation.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100, ext. 307, lbelenky
Elise Bennett, Reptile and Amphibian Staff Attorney, is committed to protecting rare amphibians and reptiles. A native Floridian, she holds a law degree and a certificate of concentration in environmental law from Stetson University College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and policy from the University of South Florida, where she graduated from the Honors College. Before joining the Center, Elise served as a judicial staff attorney for several judges in the 13th Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County, Florida, and worked pro bono to preserve exceptional habitat in the southeastern United States.
Contact: St. Petersburg, FL, 727.755.6950, email ebennett
Curt Bradley, Senior Scientist, GIS Specialist, assists Center campaigns with Geographic Information Systems analyses and cartography. He holds a master’s in watershed hydrology and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona. He was a GIS specialist at the Sky Island Alliance before joining the Center.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 310, cbradley
Rose Braz, Climate Campaign Director, coordinates the Climate Law Institute’s climate campaign and communications work, as well as organizing our grassroots anti-fracking campaign. She is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law and has worked both in private practice and at the United Nations International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to coming to the Center, Rose helped found and was the campaign and media director for Critical Resistance, a national grassroots organization working to end society's reliance on prisons as an answer to social problems.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100 ext. 319, rbraz
Kevin Bundy, Climate Legal Director, Senior Attorney, works with the Climate Law Institute. Before joining the Center, Kevin represented public-interest and citizen groups in environmental and land-use cases as an associate with Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP. He also served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Procter R. Hug, Jr., of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and the Honorable David W. Hagen of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. Between graduating from Oberlin College and attending the University of California’s Boalt Hall School of Law, he spent several years advocating for ancient forests and endangered species on California’s North Coast.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100 ext. 313, kbundy
Lori Ann Burd, Environmental Health Program Director, Staff Attorney, directs the Center’s efforts to protect all species, including humans, from the harmful effects of toxic substances. She earned her bachelor's at Colorado College and her law degree at Lewis and Clark. Before joining the Center she worked as a staff attorney and campaign manager for Bark, defenders of Mt. Hood National Forest, as well as the National Wildlife Federation, focusing on mountaintop-removal coal mining and tar sands pipelines, and the Center for Food Safety, focusing on pesticides and industrial agriculture. She serves on the boards of NEDC and the Crag Law Center.
John Buse, Senior Counsel, Legal Director, coordinates the Center's legal work and handles cases involving endangered species conservation and land use. Before joining the Center in 2005, John worked for the Environmental Defense Center in Santa Barbara and Ventura, California. John received a law degree from the University of California Davis School of Law, a master’s in biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in the history, philosophy, and social studies of science and medicine from the University of Chicago.
Contact: 323.533.4416, jbuse
Hannah Connor, Staff Attorney in the Center's Environmental Health Program, works to protect endangered species, waterways, workers and communities from toxic threats like pesticides, factory farms and destructive mining operations. Before joining the Center, she worked as a staff attorney in the Animal Protection Litigation section of the Humane Society of the United States; before that she worked as a staff attorney for the Waterkeeper Alliance. She holds a law degree from Vermont Law School and a bachelor of science from Boston College.
Contact: 202.681.1676, hconnor
Kara Clauser, GIS Specialist, works on GIS analyses, cartography and web mapping to assist various Center campaigns. She holds a master's of science in geographic information systems technology and bachelor's of science in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 317, kclauser
Jim Cronin, Media Specialist, helps produce and oversee the media and communications strategy for the Center’s Endangered Species Program. An award-winning journalist with a background in nonprofit communications, he wrote about sustainability and the environment in Oregon and Washington for the Portland Business Journal before joining the Center. Prior to that, he was media relations manager for environmental nonprofit As You Sow. His nonprofit work began in the Public Affairs arm of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, while he started his journalism career writing for the Boston Globe and Globe Sunday Magazine; he holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism from Suffolk University.
Contact: Portland, OR, 503.283.5474 ext. 411, jcronin
Brendan Cummings, Conservation Director, joined the Center in 1998. A graduate of Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, Brendan has litigated dozens of Endangered Species Act cases, as well as cases under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, Clean Water Act and numerous other state and federal statutes. Prior to working for the Center, Brendan was in private practice specializing in environmental and civil-rights litigation.
Contact: Joshua Tree, CA, 760.366.2232 ext. 304, bcummings
Tierra Curry, Senior Scientist, focuses on the listing and recovery of endangered species and works nationally with individuals and groups in support of the conservation of species and the Endangered Species Act. Prior to joining the Center in 2007 she worked as an amphibian field biologist, conservation corps crew leader, and community organizer against mountaintop-removal coal mining. She holds a bachelor’s in English from Berea College and a master’s in biology from Portland State University.
Diana Dascalu-Joffe, Senior Attorney, Public Lands Program, works to end new fossil fuel leasing on America’s public lands. Before joining the Center, Diana was senior counsel at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, a regional nonprofit working to fight climate change and promoting clean-energy solutions in the mid-Atlantic region, where she challenged federal permitting of natural gas export and pipeline infrastructure projects and worked to ban crude oil-by-rail in Baltimore. Diana earned her law degree from Vermont Law School.
Contact: Denver, CO, 720.925.2521, ddascalujoffe
Nathan Donley, Scientist, works with the Environmental Health program on issues surrounding the increasing exposure of both people and wildlife to toxins. Before joining the Center, he worked as a scientific researcher in the Oregon Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology, studying the links between exposure to environmental toxicants and cancer. He holds a doctoral degree in cell and developmental biology from Oregon Health and Sciences University.
John Dougherty, Investigative Journalist, The Revelator, is an award-winning reporter with more than 35 years experience covering environmental, political and economic news. He has worked for weekly and daily newspapers including the Dayton Daily News, The Phoenix Gazette and Phoenix New Times. His freelance work has appeared in The New York Times, High Country News and The Washington Post. John has produced two documentary films, Cyanide Beach and Flin Flon Flim Flam.
Contact: Phoenix, AZ, 602.290.0741, jdougherty
Cynthia Elkins, Paralegal, received her paralegal certificate from Humboldt State University in 2012 and a bachelor of arts in communication from the University of Alabama in 1993. She co-directed the news department at public radio station KMUD, was a staff reporter for a Northern California newspaper, and worked as the litigation and program director for the Environmental Protection Information Center. She joined the Center's staff in 2015 after working as a contracting paralegal.
Jonathan Evans, Environmental Health Legal Director and Senior Attorney, works to protect imperiled wildlife from the threats of environmental contamination and reduce the toxic threats of pesticides, heavy metals and chemical pollution in our environment. Jonathan received his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in conservation and resource studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to joining the Center, Jonathan worked at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation managing ecosystem restoration grants. He also brings to the Center a background in the field of outdoor education as a naturalist and guide throughout California.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100 ext. 318, email
Stephanie Feldstein, Population and Sustainability Director, leads the Center’s work to highlight and address threats to endangered species and wild places from runaway human population growth and overconsumption. Previously Stephanie worked for Change.org, where she helped hundreds of people start and win online campaigns to protect wildlife. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and has years of experience in organizing, outreach and communications, with a focus on animals and the environment.
Marc Fink, Public Lands Legal Director, Senior Attorney, oversees litigation in the Center’s Public Lands Program. His docket includes a variety of endangered species and public-lands cases across the country. Marc graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School with a certificate in environmental and natural resources law, and received a bachelor’s in political science from Florida Atlantic University. Before joining the Center in 2007, he worked as a staff attorney at the Western Environmental Law Center.
John Fleming, Staff Scientist, works with the Center’s Climate Law Institute. He graduated with a bachelor’s in Geosciences and a certificate in Environmental Studies from Princeton University and received a PhD in Geological Sciences from the University of Southern California. During his time at USC, John conducted research exploring the links between aspects of climate change and biological oxygen demand in marine waters off of the Los Angeles coast.
Peter Galvin, Director of Programs, is a founder of the Center. He holds a bachelor's from Prescott College and a master's degree from Norwich University. Peter helps coordinate the Center's legal actions and campaigns, assists in the formulation of organizational policy and strategy and serves on the Center’s leadership team. Before working for the Center, he worked as a contract wildlife researcher for the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Arizona Game and Fish Department. A longtime environmental activist, Peter also serves on the board of directors of the Beech Hill Foundation and is a member of the Science Oversight Team for the Global Owl Project.
Contact: Shelter Cove, CA, 707.986.2600, pgalvin
Gus Glaser, Executive Assistant, works in the Tucson office to support the executive director. Before joining the Center, Gus had a 22-year career in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, holding several water-resource regulatory positions. Most recently he was a stormwater engineer in Green Bay. He holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University, a master of science in biomedical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a master of arts in philosophy from the University of Montana.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 328, gglaser
Maya Golden-Krasner, Senior Attorney, works with the Climate Law Institute. Before joining the Center, Maya was a staff attorney for Communities for a Better Environment, where she advocated for environmental justice in California’s low-income communities of color. She also teaches Environmental Justice Law as an adjunct instructor at UCLA School of Law. Maya has a law degree from the UCLA School of Law, a master’s degree in U.S. environmental and legal history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Contact: Altadena, CA , 213.215.3729, email Maya
Noah Greenwald, Endangered Species Director, directs the Center’s efforts to protect new species under the Endangered Species Act, to ensure that imperiled species receive effective protections and that we have the strongest Endangered Species Act possible. He also works to educate the public about the importance of protecting biodiversity and about the multitude of threats to the survival of North American wildlife. He holds a bachelor of science in ecology from the Evergreen State College and a master's in forest ecology and conservation from the University of Washington. Before he joined the Center in 1997, Noah worked as a field biologist, surveying northern spotted owls and marbled murrelets and banding Hawaiian songbirds.
Brett Hartl, Government Affairs Director, coordinates the Center’s work on federal legislative issues that affect endangered species, public lands, oceans, climate and energy. He holds a bachelor’s from Prescott College in conservation biology and a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School. Before law school, Brett spent five years as a field biologist working with endangered species in the northwest Hawaiian Islands, Kauai and Southern California. Prior to joining the Center, Brett worked in the House Natural Resources Committee for the Democratic staff and was the senior policy fellow at the Society for Conservation Biology.
Bill Haskins, Information Technology Director, is in charge of the Center’s computer systems, networking and website management. Before joining our staff, he helped start the Ecology Center and Big Sky Conservation Institute in Missoula, Montana, and spent the previous decade working in computer-assisted geography and mapping. He holds a bachelor of science in ecology and systematics from the University of Nebraska and a master’s in environmental studies from the University of Montana.
Contact: Sacramento, CA, 520.609.8334, email Bill
Jessica Herrera, Media Specialist, helps coordinate and plan the Center’s media and communications strategy for the Population and Sustainability Program. She brings expertise from her diverse writing, labor organizing and academic experiences. Prior to joining the Center, she was a deputy press secretary for the Sierra Club. She holds a master’s degree in international studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Russell Howze, Environmental Health Paralegal, received a paralegal certificate from San Francisco State University. He holds a bachelor's in history from Wofford College in South Carolina. Before joining the Center, he wrote the book Stencil Nation, painted a mural depicting endangered species for Whole Foods, and worked and volunteered for several grassroots campaigns and organizations.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100 ext. 306, rhowze
Michael Hudson, Chief Financial Officer, leads the Center’s finance and accounting department in our Tucson office. He has fiscal and business oversight of the organization and joined us with more than 20 years of senior-level experience in financial and operational management, 17 of those in the nonprofit environmental sector (at the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Inc., and Conservation Law Foundation, Inc.). He holds a bachelor’s in business administration (accounting) from Fayetteville State University and a master’s in management from Cambridge College.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252, ext. 332, mhudson
Byron Hurst, Comptroller, works in the Finance Department providing daily accounting operations and oversight to the Center. He holds a bachelor's in business finance and a master's in accounting and financial management. His professional experience is in the arenas of auditing, banking, business consulting and public accounting. Before joining the Center he worked in several settings including nonprofits, municipalities and education.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252, ext. 309, bhurst
Colleen Iuliucci, Development Associate, supporters the Center’s Development program with donor communication, stewardship, research and outreach. She holds a degree in communications from Belmont University and started at the Center in 2013 as an intern.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252, ext. 312, ciuliucci
Tim A. Janes, Membership Associate, brings more than 45 years of social activism and 30 years of fundraising experience (concurrent, not consecutive) to his position. He has served on boards of directors of organizations including the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, Wingspan, Community Shares of Southern Arizona and Sonora Fund. Tim supports the Center's membership program strategically and administratively.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 318, tjanes
Emily Jeffers, Staff Attorney, works in the Center's Oceans Program. Emily graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and received her bachelor's degree in biology from Yale University. Before joining the Center, Emily served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr. of the Colorado Supreme Court and worked as a wildlife biologist in California and Idaho.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100 ext. 309, ejeffers
Steve Jones, Media Specialist, helps coordinate, produce and oversee the Center’s media and communications work on saving oceans and sea life. He is a California native who worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers around the state for 24 years, most recently as editor-in-chief of the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California Polytechnic State University. He lives in San Francisco.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 415.305.3866, sjones
Catherine Kilduff, Senior Attorney, works in the Center's Oceans Program to protect marine species and ecosystems. Catherine received her law degree from the University of Virginia, a master's of science from the College of William and Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and her bachelor's degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from Dartmouth College. Before becoming an attorney, Catherine worked as legislative staff for the U.S. House Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans.
Contact: Norfolk, VA, 202.780.8862, ckilduff
Colyn Kilmer, Paralegal, works with our Urban Wildlands program on land-use and California law issues. She received a paralegal certificate from Salt Lake Community College and holds a master's of science degree in human dimensions of ecosystem science and management from Utah State University. Before joining the Center her work ranged from nonviolent direct action against logging and road-building to K-12 environmental education.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7120, ckilmer
Candice Kim, Senior Organizer, works with the Climate Law Institute to fight pollution from oil and gas extraction. Prior to joining the Center, she worked at the Coalition for Clean Air on campaigns to reduce toxic air pollution from ports and freight transportation in the state of California. She holds a master's of public health from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and a bachelor's in fine art from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Contact: Los Angeles, CA, 213.220.0591, ckim
Beccy Kirk, Information Technology Specialist, works in our Tucson office building web interfaces for data-sharing and helping with computer systems. She holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Arizona. Before joining the Center, she lived in Oregon for 22 years working in the IT field at Intel and Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality, where she oversaw technology projects and did web programming and database administration. She also volunteered with several nonprofit organizations focusing primarily on animal and environmental issues.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 331, email Beccy
Cybele Knowles, Communications Associate, works on the Center’s e-newsletter, action alerts, website and other editing and writing projects. Prior to joining the Center she worked for seven years at the University of Arizona Poetry Center in programs and communications. She’s also a writer of short fiction, essays and poems. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Arizona and a master’s in English literature from U.C. Berkeley.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 324, cknowles
Blake Kopcho, Oceans Campaigner, works to protect the oceans from offshore drilling, plastic pollution and acidification. Before joining the Center he worked on community-based coral reef conservation initiatives in developing nations and spent several years directing grassroots campaigns to ban plastic grocery bags in local communities in California. He earned a master’s in science in marine biology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and holds a bachelor’s of science in aquatic biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Contact: Oakland, CA , 510.844.7100 ext. 353, bkopcho
Kelsey Kopec, Native Pollinator Researcher, works with the Environmental Health program on protecting our imperiled pollinators. Before joining the Center, she traveled extensively in Europe and South America; she holds a bachelor of science from the University of Oregon, where she helped design a pollinator garden and was published in the Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal on her work with native bees.
Hollin Kretzmann, Staff Attorney, helps the Center’s Climate Law Institute advocate for action that will mitigate the effects of climate change. Before joining the Center, Hollin worked with Pennsylvania’s Clean Air Council, advocating for maintaining clean air through litigation and government oversight. Hollin holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100 ext. 333, hkretzmann
Stephanie Kurose, Endangered Species Policy Specialist, analyzes and responds to congressional legislation and federal-agency efforts seeking to weaken the Endangered Species Act and wildlife protections. She received her law degree from the American University Washington College of Law, with a focus on environmental law, and is working on her master's in global environmental policy at AU now. Before her fellowship she was a law clerk for Western Resource Advocates in Boulder and a research assistant for the U.N. Special Rapporteur for Human Rights and Hazardous Substances.
Contact: Washington, DC, 202.536.9351, skurose
Clare Lakewood, Staff Attorney, works with the Climate Law Institute. Before joining the Center, Clare worked for the Department of the Attorney General in Western Australia, where her role included environmental prosecutions and land-use disputes. She received her law degree from the University of Western Australia, where she also obtained a bachelor’s degree in English and fine arts; she holds a master of laws from the University of Melbourne.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100 ext. 321, clakewood
Dune Lankard, Senior Alaska Representative, works to address the most pressing threats facing Alaska, from climate change to habitat destruction. Dune has been a community activist and advocate for species, habitat and cultural preservation since March 24, 1989, when the Exxon Valdez spewed more than 30 million gallons of oil into his homeland in Prince William Sound. He founded the Eyak Preservation Council and Native Conservancy Land Trust and cofounded RED OIL, among other Alaskan conservation groups he has helped spearhead.
Contact: Anchorage, AK, 907.952.5265, email Dune
Ash Lauth, Clean Energy Campaigner, fights hydraulic fracturing and climate change with the Climate Law Institute. She comes to the Center by way of the North Dakota oil boom, where she organized with rural agricultural communities. In her decade of campaigning, she's worked to bring 13,000 people to the White House against the Keystone XL pipeline, driven a solar-powered truck the length of the eastern seaboard, and was apart of the Green Corps class of 2010. Ash holds a degree in English and politics from the University of Puget Sound.
My-Linh Le, Legal Fellow, works on curbing fossil fuel extraction on public lands, as well as anti-fracking and related issues. My-Linh holds a law degree from the University of California Davis School of Law, where she served as an extern for the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon at the 9th Circuit; before joining the Center she was an associate at a trial firm that specialized in environmental civil litigation. She also has a bachelor's in world arts and culture from UCLA, where she studied performance arts and activism.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100 ext. 315, mlle
Jenny Loda, Reptile and Amphibian Staff Attorney, is dedicated to protecting rare amphibians and reptiles across the country. She holds a law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School with a certificate in environmental and natural resources law, a master’s of science in wildlife biology from Iowa State University, and a bachelor’s in ecology, behavior, and evolution from the University of California, San Diego. Before joining the Center, she ran her own law practice focused on sustainable business and environmental law and held numerous internships; before law school, she worked on wildlife research and habitat restoration in California, Hawaii and Iowa.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100 ext. 336, jloda
Jaclyn Lopez, Florida Director, Staff Attorney, is a Florida native and has been with the Center since 2002. She holds a master of laws degree in environmental and land-use law from the University of Florida, a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and a master's degree in urban planning from the University of Arizona. Jacki coordinates campaigns in the Southeast and Caribbean, focusing on protecting imperiled species and ecosystems. She has presented and written on numerous Endangered Species Act issues and taught courses on environmental law.
Contact: St. Petersburg, FL, 727.490.9190, jlopez
Valerie Love, Clean Energy Campaigner, works to mobilize actions opposing dirty energy projects across the country and promotes clean, renewable alternatives. Before joining us she worked with Generation Waking Up, engaging and training young people as social change leaders; managed campaigns at Clean Water Action; coordinated Buy Fresh Buy Local programs; and consulted for a network of state and local governments to increase socially and environmentally responsible purchasing. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Pitzer College, where she studied environmental, international and intercultural issues.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100 ext. 334, vlove
Gretchen Mais, Membership Director, leads membership campaigns, manages the Center’s donor relations efforts and supports the Leadership Circle. Before joining us she served as senior director of development at American Farmland Trust, where she managed the development operations and membership divisions overseeing revenue and expense budgeting, database administration, direct response, donor research and stewardship. She holds a bachelor's from Prescott College as well as a master's in humanities, with an emphasis on social and environmental ethics of food consumption.
Contact: Washington, DC, 520.561.2744, gmais
Jared Margolis, Senior Attorney, works on the Center’s Energy and Endangered Species campaign. He earned his B.A. in geography from Colgate University and completed a master’s in environmental studies at Brown University before attending Vermont Law School. Jared has represented nonprofit and citizen groups working to protect the environment; he has challenged large-scale developments including nuclear power plants and taught environmental law at the University of Vermont. He continues to teach in an adjunct capacity at the University of Oregon.
Contact: Portland, OR, 802.310.4054, jmargolis
Mollie Matteson, Senior Scientist, works for the protection and restoration of wild places and imperiled species in the eastern United States. Since 2008 she has led the Center’s efforts to save North American bats from white-nose syndrome and other threats. Prior to joining the Center, she was deputy director at Forest Watch in Vermont. She holds a master’s of science in wildlife biology from the University of Montana, where she studied a recovering population of wolves in the northern Rockies.
Contact: Richmond, VT, 802.318.1487, mmatteson
Laura McCamy, Climate Law Institute Paralegal, brings more than two decades of legal experience to her role supporting the Center’s efforts to combat climate change. Since receiving her BA from Yale University, Laura has also worked as a freelance writer and designer and done volunteer work as a bicycle advocate and creating Open Streets events.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100 ext. 354, lmccamy
Taylor McKinnon, Public Lands Campaigner, works to protect public lands and endangered species in the western United States. Fielding an array of issues, he focuses on curbing fossil fuel development on public lands. A veteran campaigner, Taylor began at the Center in 2007 and has previously served at Grand Canyon Trust and on boards and commissions regionally and nationally. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Prescott College.
Russ McSpadden, Communications Associate, helps coordinate and produce the Center’s print and media work on endangered species. He holds a master’s degree in environmental history from Florida Atlantic University. Before joining the Center in 2012, Russ helped coordinate grassroots environmental campaigns in defense of the Everglades bioregion.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 329, rmcspadden
Loyal Mehrhoff, Endangered Species Recovery Director, works to defend the Endangered Species Act and to improve recovery of endangered species. Before joining the Center, he was field supervisor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Pacific Islands Office in Hawaii, chief of the Biological Resources Management Division at the National Park Service in Fort Collins, Colorado, center director at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center in Hawaii, and a research botanist at the Bishop Museum in Hawaii. His prior experience was in endangered species listing, recovery and consultation, as well as landscape conservation and climate change issues. Loyal has a bachelor’s from the University of Montana, a master’s from the University of North Carolina, a doctorate from the University of British Columbia and did postdoctoral studies at the University of Washington.
Contact: Honolulu, HI, 808.351.3200, lmehrhoff
Rick Mick, Online Associate, helps write and edit the Center's action alerts, weekly e-newsletter and other email communications. Before joining the Center in 2013, he was a contributing writer for the University of Arizona’s Office of Sustainability; he has taught in Mexico, Colorado and Arizona. More recently he worked to help manage invasive buffelgrass and tamarisk in the Sonoran desert. He holds a bachelor's degree in English and Spanish from Butler University and a master's degree in nonfiction writing from Columbia University.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 320, rmick
Contact: San Francisco, CA, 510.499.9185, jmiller
Lydia Millet, Staff Writer, edits and writes a range of press and outreach materials for the Center. She holds a master’s in environmental policy from Duke University and worked for NRDC in New York before joining the Center in 1999. She is also a fiction writer; her 2002 novel My Happy Life won the PEN-USA Award and a 2009 short-story collection about animals and famous people, Love in Infant Monkeys, was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. A novel Ghost Lights was published in 2011, followed by Magnificence in fall 2012, the last two books in a trilogy about extinction.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, lmillet
Anna Mirocha, Web Editor, works to expand and maintain the Center’s websites, building new pages to tell the public about our organization, our creative media, our campaigns and the countless species we defend. She writes for our weekly e-newsletter, helps edit press releases and proofreads print publications. Anna is a Tucson native and holds a bachelor's in English from Reed College; before joining the Center she worked for a nonprofit that enabled authors to teach creative writing to Southern Arizona American Indian youth.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 306, amirocha
Jennifer Molidor, Senior Food Campaignerhelps lead the Center's sustainable food initiatives, including the Take Extinction Off Your Plate campaign. She drives the Population and Sustainability Program's Earth-friendly Diet initiatives related to industrial animal agriculture, overpopulation and overconsumption, and the impact of our food systems on wildlife and the planet. Before joining the Center in 2015, she worked on a number of food, wildlife and environmental campaigns as the staff writer for the Animal Legal Defense Fund; she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and taught for many years as a professor at Kansas State University and San Francisco State University.
Kristen Monsell, Staff Attorney, works with the Center’s Oceans program to protect marine species and their habitat. Before joining the Center, Kristen worked as a staff attorney at The Humane Society of the United States in Washington, D.C. She earned her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School and her bachelor’s degree from Saint Lawrence University.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100 ext. 337, kmonsell
Mickey Moritz, Staff Attorney, works with the Climate Law Institute. She received her law degree from the University of Washington School of Law. During law school Mickey co-edited a climate change law and policy textbook. Prior to law school, she was a neuroscience researcher, combining mathematical modeling and single-neuron recording. Mickey obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis.
Contact: Woodinville, WA, 425.780.6204, mmoritz
Leigh Moyer, Population Organizer, develops and runs campaigns to draw attention to and prevent wildlife and habitat loss due to unsustainable human population growth and overconsumption. Prior to joining the Center, she was an organizer with the Service Employees International Union and also served with AmeriCorps' Youth Volunteer Corps. A Tucson native, she graduated from the University of Arizona in 2011 with a degree in American history and linguistics.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 313, lmoyer
Purba Mukerjee, Legal Fellow, works in the Center’s Environmental Health Program. Purba earned her law degree from the University of California at Berkeley, her master’s degree in organic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Cornell University. Before joining the Center, she clerked for the Honorable Catharine Friend Easterly at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100 ext. 357, pmukerjee
Brooke Myers, Membership Assistant, helps our team by answering emails, processing donations and working on membership databases. Prior to joining the Center, she worked in animal welfare for 10 years, at the Arizona Historical Society for six years, and with Arizona state parks and the National Park Service for 16 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Arizona, with a minor in geology, as well as an associate’s degree from Pima Community College.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 314, bmyers
Clayton Norman, Online Organizer, helps develop the Center’s social media presence and engage supporters and online activists to take action. Previously he worked as an environmental reporter in Costa Rica. He brings with him a wide range of experience as a writer, editor, photographer and teacher; he earned his master’s degree from the University of Arizona School of Journalism after spending several years as a teacher and reporting in China. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and Spanish from Southwestern University.
Brian Nowicki, California Climate Policy Director, works in the Center's Climate Law Institute, with a focus on state-level climate change policy. He holds a master of science in forestry and previously worked on endangered species policy for the Center.
Contact: Sacramento, CA, 916.201.6938, bnowicki
Alex Olivera, Mexico Representative, works to conserve Mexican wildlife, including highly endangered vaquita porpoises and loggerhead sea turtles. He is a marine biologist from the University of Baja California Sur and has a master’s degree in use, management and preservation of natural resources as well as a diploma in environmental law. He comes to the Center after years of work at the Mexican Center for Environmental Law (Cemda) and Greenpeace México.
Contact: La Paz, Mexico, +521.6121040604, aolivera
Rebecca O’Sullivan, Tucson Regional Office Manager, is an administrative resource for staff and the public. A San Francisco native, she came to the Sonoran desert in 1987. Prior to joining the Center, she directed programs at DK Advocates, providing job training and placement for people with disabilities, and she has taught both kindergarten and college. Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Sonoma State University, where she also studied early childhood education and anthropology.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 302, rosullivan
Jamie Pang, Endangered Species Campaigner, Policy Specialist, works in the Center’s Washington, D.C. office helping with the legal, policy and coalition efforts of our Endangered Species Program. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School, with a certificate in environmental and natural resource law (animal law emphasis). Before joining the Center, Jamie served as a legal fellow at the Animal Welfare Institute’s wildlife and marine life programs where she focused on shark finning and various terrestrial wildlife issues. Prior to law school, she worked with the Earth Discovery Institute and the United Nations’ World Food Program.
Contact: Washington, DC, 202.347.3737, jpang
Vera Pardee, Senior Counsel, Supervising Attorney, works with the Climate Law Institute on climate change issues. Before joining the Center, she worked as general counsel for publicly traded companies in the biotech and medical device fields. She was a litigation partner at Seltzer Caplan Vitek McMahon in San Diego and an associate at O'Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles. Vera earned her law degree in 1982 from Southwestern University Law School.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100 ext. 317, vpardee
Stephanie Parent, Senior Attorney, works in the Center’s Environmental Health program. Before joining us she was a senior assistant attorney general at the Oregon Department of Justice, and prior to that she worked as managing attorney and clinical professor with the environmental litigation clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School. She has also worked as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division and as an honors attorney with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She holds a law degree from Lewis & Clark and a bachelor of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Contact: 971.717.6404, email sparent
Wendy Park, Senior Attorney, works to curb fossil fuel extraction on America's public lands. Before joining the Center, Wendy was an attorney in Earthjustice's San Francisco office, where she litigated a wide range of state and federal cases, including cases to stop urbanization of Lake Tahoe, protect endangered coho salmon, and limit air pollution from oil refineries. Wendy was also a legal fellow at the ACLU of Illinois where she worked on police accountability and national security issues. She clerked for the Honorable George P. Kazen in the Southern District of Texas and earned her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100, ext. 338, wpark
Andy Parker, Media Specialist, helps coordinate, produce and oversee the Center’s media and communications work on environmental health. During a 20-year journalism career, he worked as a reporter, editor and columnist and has taught writing and journalism classes at several colleges. Prior to joining the Center, he was a columnist at The Oregonian in Portland. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of William & Mary.
Contact: Portland, OR, 503.310.5569, aparker
John Platt, Editor, The Revelator, has more than a decade of experience as an environmental journalist covering topics like endangered species, climate change and renewable energy. He brings that history and perspective to the Center’s forthcoming news and ideas site, The Revelator, launching in spring 2017. His writing received IFAW's Animal Action Award in 2012 and has been nominated for several other awards. In addition to his journalism, John’s fiction, poetry, essays and comics have been published in magazines and anthologies around the world.
Contact: Portland, OR, 503.928.7528, jplattTwitter: @johnrplatt
Amy Plopper, Development Associate, provides support on operational and analytical tasks related to membership as well as supporting our Leadership Circle members. She has a master's degree in classical archaeology from the University of Arizona, and before joining the Center worked as an AmeriCorps service volunteer at an educational farm and on the development team at a children's museum.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 311, aplopper
Aruna Prabhala, Urban Wildlands Director, works to protect habitat for endangered species and limit sprawl. For her work against Newhall Ranch, a proposed mega-development in Southern California, Aruna won the “California Lawyer Attorney of the Year” award, along with other Center attorneys. She graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and double-majored in biology and journalism as an undergraduate at Boston University. Before becoming an attorney, she worked in Washington, D.C., on science-policy issues.
Heather Rauch, Executive Assistant, works in the Tucson office to support the executive director. Heather has a background managing conservation and electoral campaigns, primarily in Alaska. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Wittenberg University.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.433.1091, email Heather
Chris Teutimez Rawlings, Portland Regional Office Manager, Program Assistant, is an administrative resource for the Portland office. Chris has a background in technology and office administration and holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Southern Oregon University.
Contact: Portland, OR, 503.283.5474 ext. 408, email Chris
Michael Robinson, Conservation Advocate, focuses on the protection and recovery of top predators like Mexican gray wolves and jaguars. He has been associated with the Center since our founding and joined the staff in 1997. Michael holds a master's degree in literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a bachelor’s from the University of Texas at Austin; he is also the author of a well-reviewed book on the history of wolves in the United States called Predatory Bureaucracy: The Extermination of Wolves and the Transformation of the West (University Press of Colorado, 2005).
Contact: Silver City, NM, 575.313.7017, email Michael
Regina Romero, Director of Latino Engagement, helps build partnerships with Latino advocacy groups and elected officials in the Southwest and Mexico and works to elevate the Center's mission of biodiversity and the environment within the Latino community, as well as to help increase their participation in the process. She brings 18 years experience in engaging minority and underrepresented populations, has had success in building progressive partnerships and coalitions and brings knowledge in development and implementation of community engagement strategies. Regina represents Ward 1 on the Tucson City Council and coordinated youth employment and neighborhood empowerment programs for 10 years before being elected.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.345.5703, email Regina
John Rose, Staff Attorney, works in the Center’s Urban Wildlands Program to safeguard habitat for endangered species by limiting sprawl development. Before joining the Center, he practiced public-interest land-use law at a firm in Orange County, where he successfully fought the expansion of an open-air waste transfer facility in a low-income neighborhood. John holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in postcolonial literature, as well as his law degree, from Santa Clara University.
Contact: Los Angeles, CA, 408.497.7675, email jrose
Greer Ryan, Sustainability Research Associate, provides scientific and policy support to the Center’s Population and Sustainability team. She holds a bachelor’s in molecular environmental biology from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s in environmental science from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. In addition to interning with the Center in 2013 before she joined us on staff, she worked as a research assistant in several environmental science labs and as an intern at NRDC.
Contact: Los Angeles, CA, 812.345.8571, gryan
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 322, psaba
Miyoko Sakashita, Oceans Director, Senior Counsel, works with the oceans team to secure protections for imperiled marine life and ecosystems from threats ranging from global warming and ocean acidification to fisheries and pollution. Miyoko holds a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley, where she also earned a bachelor of science degree in conservation and resource studies. Prior to joining the Center, Miyoko was a local currency activist and sustainable agriculture advocate.
Tanya Sanerib, Senior Attorney, works in the Center’s International Program to protect imperiled species and biological diversity worldwide. Before joining the Center, she was a staff attorney with the Crag Law Center in Portland, Ore., and a partner at the public-interest law firm Meyer Glitzenstein & Eubanks in Washington, D.C. She earned her law degree and certificate in environmental and natural resources law in 2002 from Lewis & Clark Law School and received a bachelor’s in environmental science from Colorado College.
Andrea Santarsiere, Senior Attorney, works in the Center’s Endangered Species program with a focus on carnivore protection. Before joining the Center, Andrea worked on a variety of wildlife and public-lands issues with other environmental organizations, including Western Watersheds Project, Greater Yellowstone Coalition and Earthjustice. She earned her law degree from Vermont Law School in 2005 and holds bachelor’s degrees in both Spanish and sociology from Roanoke College.
Contact: Victor, ID, 303.854.7748, asantarsiere
Michael Saul, Senior Attorney, Public Lands Program, works on a range of public-lands issues, including southwestern forests and our work to curb fossil fuel extraction on public lands. Before joining the Center in 2014, he worked as lead counsel for National Wildlife Federation’s Rocky Mountain regional office following a stint as an associate with Arnold & Porter. Michael earned his law and bachelor's degrees from Yale University and clerked for Justice Carlos Lucero on the 10th Circuit. He also served as associate adjoint clinical professor of law at the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder.
Contact: Denver, CO, 303.915.8308, email msaul
Todd Schulke, Senior Staff, Cofounder, oversees the Center’s forest protection and restoration program. Todd holds a bachelor’s in environmental studies from Evergreen State College and has a background in youth wilderness education. He is a board member of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and Gila WoodNet. He also sits on the Western Governors’ Forest Health Advisory Committee, Arizona Governor’s Forest Health Committee, Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program Advisory Committee, and New Mexico Forest and Watershed Health Planning Committee.
Contact: Pinos Altos, NM, 575.388.8799, tschulke
Michael A. Scott, Major Gifts Officer, engages individuals and foundations to develop new and increased charitable revenue. He began his environmental work as an activist in Brazil, where he was born, by leading efforts to protect Rio de Janeiro's endangered Atlantic rainforest and coastal lagoons. Michael holds a master's in nonprofit administration from the University of San Francisco, specialized in raising charitable funds, and developed funding for several Bay Area environmental organizations before he joined the Center in 2015.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.913.4445, mscott
Brian Segee, Senior Attorney, works in the Endangered Species Program. Prior to rejoining the Center in 2017, Brian worked for the Environmental Defense Center in Ventura County and Santa Barbara, Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, D.C., and the Center in Tucson. He received his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law and undergraduate degree in political science from the University of California at San Diego.
Contact: Ojai, CA, 805.750.8852, bsegee
Marta Segura, Climate Law Institute Southern California Engagement Director, builds and strengthens partnerships to protect communities, their health and the environment from oil drilling, oppose oil and gas projects, and support the enforcement of environmental protections in Southern California. She works on capacity building and training for our climate campaigns and acts as spokesperson in Spanish/English language media for Los Angeles programming. Holding a master's of public heath from UCLA and a bachelor's from UC Santa Barbara, she brought more than 20 years of experience in organizational leadership, community engagement and environmental advocacy with her to the Center.
Contact: Los Angeles, CA, msegura
Randy Serraglio, Southwest Conservation Advocate, works on a variety of public lands and conservation issues in Arizona and the Southwest and provides general media support to staff. He joined the Center in 2007 and currently leads the Center’s effort to stop the proposed Rosemont copper mine, works to protect the San Pedro River, and supports efforts to protect ecosystems from destructive border-security policies. A veteran of many environmental and human rights campaigns, he holds a bachelor's in Latin American studies from the University of Arizona.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.396.1143, rserraglio
Andres Sheikh, Clean Energy Campaign Fellow, works to mobilize actions opposing dirty-energy projects and promote clean, renewable alternatives. Before becoming a fellow he interned as a clean energy campaigner at the Center, gaining valuable grassroots experience and outreach skills. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied political science, conservation and resource studies.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100 ext. 331, asheikh
Kassie Siegel, Climate Law Institute Director, Senior Counsel, develops and implements campaigns for the reduction of greenhouse gases and other air pollution and for the protection of wildlife and communities threatened by climate disruption. She authored the petition and litigated the cases leading to Endangered Species Act protection for the polar bear, and she has been a leader in the fight to ban fracking and keep fossil fuels in the ground. She was named one of the ten most influential California lawyers of the decade by the Daily Journal in 2010 for her work on global warming and environmental law.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100 ext. 310, ksiegel
Robin Silver, Senior Staff, Cofounder, is one of the Center’s founders. A retired emergency-room physician in Phoenix and a professional wildlife photographer, Robin works on conservation issues in the Southwest with a focus on the San Pedro River.
Contact: Flagstaff, AZ, 602.799.3275, rsilver
Paula Simmonds, Chief Development Officer, leads the Center's national development program, working to increase and diversify revenues. Prior to joining the Center, Paula served as chief development officer at the JCC in Manhattan. She has also led development programs and built capacity for nonprofits in higher education, social services, a historical society and a global news service. Paula holds a bachelor's from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, spent time at Cornell's Shoals Marine Lab, worked at Stony Brook's Flax Pond Marine Science Research Center, and has had a lifelong interest in marine science, sustainable alternative energy development and preserving ecosystems.
Contact: New York City, NY, 646.770.7206, psimmonds
William Snape III, Senior Counsel, coordinates the Center’s legal and policy work from Washington, D.C. A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles who received his law degree from George Washington University, he has written numerous articles on conservation and litigated many federal environmental cases over his career. Besides working at the Center he also teaches at American University’s Washington College of Law and formerly coached swimming at Gallaudet University, where he was named conference coach of the year four times. He is editor of Biodiversity and the Law, published by Island Press.
Randi Spivak, Public Lands Program Director, oversees the Center's Public Lands program, working to ensure that the country's wild places are managed for the benefit of species and ecosystems in a warming climate. Before coming to the Center, she was vice president for policy and government affairs for the Geos Institute; she also served as executive director of the American Lands Alliance, where she helped unify the forest-protection community around specific conservation positions to educate U.S. policymakers. She has extensive experience in public lands policy and advocacy. Randi got her B.A. in advertising and marketing at Boston University.
Contact: Washington, DC, 310.779.4894, email Randi
Mike Stark, Communications Director, helps coordinate and oversee the Center’s work in the media, in print and on the web. He has a journalism degree from Southern Oregon University and spent 15 years as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer in the West, including stints in Oregon, Wyoming and Montana. Prior to coming to the Center, he worked for the Associated Press in Salt Lake City.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 315, email Mike
Thomas Stewart, Data Manager, works with the Center’s data, providing organization, analysis and guidance. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and mathematics with a concentration in computing from Western New Mexico University in Silver City; before joining the Center he enjoyed an 18-year career of data analysis/database/data conversion consulting for numerous companies in Tucson, Ariz. A Pima County native, he has also worked in Florida, Michigan, Colorado and New Mexico. He grew up in Peru.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 330, email Tom
Tamara Strobel, Senior Membership Associate, is the lead contact for member questions, provides general support to membership, oversees membership assistants and volunteers, and directs the Center’s Sustainer Giving program. She was born and raised in Tucson and graduated from Northern Arizona University. As a volunteer for AmeriCorps, she moved to western Massachusetts and discovered her love for the nonprofit world. Before joining the Center in 2011, she directed programs on native plants and biodiversity and created community gardens for children.
Contact: Washington, DC, 520.345.5716, email Tamara
Jean Su, Associate Conservation Director, Staff Attorney, works on a range of wildlife protection and climate change issues. Before joining the Center, Jean was a renewable energy project finance attorney with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, and worked in the climate change and international development fields with McKinsey & Company, the Clinton Climate Initiative, and CARE International in Madagascar. Jean earned her law degree from the University of California, Irvine, School of Law, a master's degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and her bachelor's degree from Princeton University.
Kierán Suckling, Executive Director, is a founder of the Center for Biological Diversity. He studied computer science and mathematics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Columbia University and Stanford University. He holds degrees in philosophy from the State University of New York at Stonybrook (a master's) and College of the Holy Cross (a bachelor's) focused on Greek, continental, linguistic and environmental thought. In addition to overseeing the Center’s conservation, finance, fundraising and administration programs, he writes and lectures on the threats to, preservation of, and relationships between cultural and biological diversity. He also maintains the most comprehensive endangered species research and management database in the United States.
Patrick Sullivan, Deputy Communications Director and Climate Media Director, helps coordinate media relations and other communications efforts for the Center’s Climate Law Institute. Prior to coming to the Center, Patrick spent more than 10 years writing for newspapers and magazines in Texas, New Mexico and California.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7116, email Patrick
Margaret Townsend, Open Government Staff Attorney, works with all the Center’s programs to ensure government transparency and compliance with open-records laws. She holds a law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law — where she was the articles editor for the Oregon Law Review and earned environmental and public-interest law certificates — and a bachelor's in political science from the University of Colorado. Before joining the Center she was an intern or fellow with the Environmental Protection Agency and numerous conservation organizations, including the Western Environmental Law Center and Cascadia Wildlands.
Contact: Portland, OR, 971.717.6409, email Margaret
Jay Tutchton, Senior Attorney, works in the Endangered Species Program. He received his law degree from UCLA in after graduating from the University of Notre Dame. After law school he served as a law clerk to the Honorable William D. Keller on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Jay has previously worked for numerous conservation groups, including Earthlaw and Earthjustice; he ran the Environmental Law Clinics at the University of Colorado and University of Denver, where he represented the Center as outside counsel since its founding in the early 1990s. He currently also teaches wildlife law and animal law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Contact: Denver, CO, 720.301.3843, email Jay
Chad Tudenggongbu, Senior Renewable Energy Campaigner, leads the Population and Sustainability program’s campaign to promote a wildlife-friendly renewable energy future. Previously Chad worked at ICLEIUSA as a renewable energy program officer, where he led the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership’s resource development and dissemination. He has also been a senior climate change and energy project manager for the British Consulate-General in Chongqing, China. He received his bachelor's in cultural anthropology from Duke University and a master's in environmental policy from Bard College.
Sarah Uhlemann, International Program Director, Senior Attorney, joined the Center in 2010. Sarah leads the Center’s international work including litigation, advocacy and international diplomacy to protect imperiled species outside U.S. borders. Before joining the Center, Sarah was a staff attorney with the Humane Society of the United States. She earned her law degree in 2005 from Lewis & Clark Law School and her bachelor's in environmental management from Indiana University.
Contact: Seattle, WA, 206.327.2344, email Sarah
Abel Valdivia, Ocean Scientist, supports the Center's Oceans Program on its endangered species listing program, agency actions, and ocean acidification data analysis and advocacy. He graduated with a bachelor's and master's in marine biology from the University of Havana in Cuba and received his doctorate in marine ecology and conservation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he focused on the effects of overfishing and climate change on fish and coral reef communities. He has also worked as a senior research associate at NOAA's Southeast Fisheries Science Center on the recovery and restoration of threatened coral species.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100 ext. 303, email Abel
Andrea Weber, Oakland Regional Office Manager, Climate Law Institute Paralegal, obtained her paralegal certificate from Cal State University East Bay and has worked previously for the Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment. Prior to joining the legal profession, Andrea taught theater at Contra Costa Community College, Diablo Valley College and College of Marin.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100 ext. 311, email Andrea
Amaroq Weiss, West Coast Wolf Organizer, handles wolf issues in California, Oregon and Washington as well as in the northern Rockies and on the federal front. She has worked in wolf conservation for more than 20 years and was a stakeholder representative in the two separate state processes to draft wolf conservation and management plans in Oregon and California. Her background as a biologist, former lawyer and rural resident gives her a complex and nuanced perspective on wolves. Amaroq holds a bachelor of science from Iowa State University, a master of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a J.D. from the University of California Hastings.
Contact: Petaluma, CA, 707.779.9613, email Amaroq
Doug Wolf, Senior Attorney with the Public Lands program, focuses on the Center’s effort to protect the Gila River in New Mexico, along with other public-lands priorities. Before joining us, he worked with the New Mexico Environmental Law Center and several other national environmental groups; his practice has included mining, clean air, clean water, water quantity, toxics and land use, as well as 10 years of federal Indian law. Doug brought substantial litigation experience to the Center and is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Stanford University.
Contact: Washington, DC, 703.994.1309, email Doug
Shaye Wolf, Climate Science Director, works with the Center’s Climate Law Institute. She graduated with a bachelor’s in biology from Yale University and received a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology and a master’s in ocean sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she examined the effects of ocean climate change on seabird populations. During her graduate studies, Shaye worked with the biodiversity protection groups Conservación de Islas and Island Conservation in México and California; before that she was a wildlife biologist on projects with seabirds, songbirds, raptors, and spiders in Panama, Hawai’i, Florida, California, Wyoming, and Idaho.
Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100 ext. 301, email Shaye
Corina Yeh, Membership Assistant, provides support by answering emails, processing donations and helping with our membership databases. She received a bachelor’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona and has worked as a Student Conservation Association intern for the Coronado National Forest Service and Saguaro National Park.
Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520-623-5252 ext. 323, email Corina