Karilyn Adamietz, Membership Administrative Assistant, responds to the requests of our members and prospective members and general support of the membership department. She got her start in environmental activism at Friends of the River in California in 1994, and after a seven-year sojourn of climbing, skiing, and mountain-biking in Flagstaff, is happy to be back in the movement. Karilyn holds a bachelor’s in English literature from San Francisco State University.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 318, kadamietz@biologicaldiversity.org


Ileene Anderson, Staff Biologist, works chiefly on urban wildlands conservation in southern California. Her project areas include the Santa Ana River Watershed, western Riverside County, Tejon Ranch and the Santa Clara River Watershed. Ileene came to the Center from the California Native Plant Society, where she focused on southern California native-plant issues. She holds a master’s in biology from California State Northridge and is a research associate at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens.

Contact: Los Angeles, CA, 323.654.5943, ianderson@biologicaldiversity.org


Amy Atwood, Staff Attorney, works to protect the nation’s public lands from grazing, oil and gas development, and uranium mining. 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.

Contact: Portland, OR, 503-283-5474, atwood@biologicaldiversity.org


Justin Augustine, Staff Attorney, oversees Freedom of Information Act requests for the Center's San Francisco office and works on endangered species and urban wildlands 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: San Francisco, CA, 415.436.9682, ext. 302, jaugustine@biologicaldiversity.org


Lisa Belenky, Staff 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: San Francisco, CA, 415.436.9682, ext. 307, lbelenky@biologicaldiversity.org


Sarah Bergman, Membership Associate, is a resource for membership questions and inquiries. She oversees donation processing and facilitates membership communications. Prior to joining the Center, Sarah worked as a paralegal and office administrator for the National Environmental Law Center in Boston. She holds a bachelor’s in anthropology from Amherst College.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 316, sbergman@biologicaldiversity.org


Curt Bradley, GIS Specialist and Information Technology Director, 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@biologicaldiversity.org


Lydia Breunig, Assistant Grants Writer, supports the Center's staff to develop and manage grant proposals and reports. Lydia holds a doctorate in geography from the University of Arizona, a master of environmental management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, and a bachelor of science from Arizona State University. Before joining the Center, Lydia researched conservation areas in Mexico.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 322, lbreunig@biologicaldiversity.org


John Buse, Staff Attorney, works on southern California land-use and endangered-species issues. 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@biologicaldiversity.org


Brendan Cummings, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program Director, joined the Center in 1998 and directs the organization’s efforts to protect imperiled marine species from industrial fisheries, pollution, and global warming. 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@biologicaldiversity.org


Tierra Curry, Conservation Biologist, focuses on commenting on critical habitat, recovery plans, and other projects affecting endangered species. Tierra grew up between two strip mines in southeastern Kentucky and has been environmentally motivated ever since. Her background includes running a student environmental program, contaminants research, bird rehabilitation, and leading an environmental youth-corps crew in hand-to-hand combat with invasive plant species. She has been chasing frogs and salamanders around the Pacific Northwest since 2002. She holds a bachelor’s in English from Berea College and a master’s in biology from Portland State University.

Contact: Portland, OR, 503.283.5474, tcurry@biologicaldiversity.org


Kevin Dahl, Membership Associate, Major Gifts, works with donors to develop support for specific Center projects and needs. In his more than 35 years in the conservation movement, Kevin has worked for Friends of the Earth, Tucson Audubon Society, Pima County, and most recently as executive director of Native Seeds/SEARCH. His interest in plants led to a degree in ethnobotany from Prescott College and the publication of two books, Wild Plants of the Sonoran Desert and Native Harvest: Authentic Southwestern Gardening.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 304, kdahl@biologicaldiversity.org


Edie Dillon, Verde River Associate, creates community events to raise awareness of issues facing the imperiled Verde River and inspiring people to action on its behalf. She has served as an educator for a number of agencies and nonprofits including the National Park Service, the City of Bellingham, Yavapai County and the Highlands Center for Natural History. Her work in the community balances time in the art studio, and she holds a bachelor of science in interpretation from the University of Washington, a teaching certificate, and an master’s in visual arts from Prescott College.

Contact: Prescott, AZ, 772-8204, edillon@biologicaldiversity.org


Keri Dixon, Membership Director, leads our membership staff, directs membership communications and fundraising campaigns, new member recruitment efforts, donor relations activities and helps coordinate fundraising events for the Center. Keri is a native Tucsonan and holds a bachelor’s in anthropology from Colorado College.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 312, kdixon@biologicaldiversity.org


Jonathan Evans, Staff Attorney, works with the Center's Urban Wildlands Program on protecting imperiled habitats and species from the damaging impacts of urban sprawl. 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: Los Angeles, CA, 213.598.1466, jevans@biologicaldiversity.org


Marc Fink, Senior Attorney, Public Lands Program, has extensive experience litigating cases against federal agencies to enforce environmental laws and protect public lands. Before joining the Center, Marc worked as a staff attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center and with Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. Marc is a 1995 graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School, with a certificate in environmental and natural resources law.

Contact: Duluth, MN, 218.525.3884 mfink@biologicaldiversity.org


Michael Finkelstein, Executive Director, has 20 years of experience running environmental campaigns. Before he joined the Center in 2005 he managed the Alaska Rainforest Campaign, working to protect the Tongass and Chugach National Forests from clearcutting; he also ran the forest campaign at Taxpayers for Common Sense in Washington, DC, and worked as a consultant for the Alaska Coalition and the Heritage Forests Campaign. Before focusing on conservation, Michael spent six years as a campaign manager and consultant for Alaska state house and senate Democratic campaigns. He holds a business degree from Arizona State University.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 301, mfinkelstein@biologicaldiversity.org


Peter Galvin, Conservation Director, is a co-founder of the Center. He holds a bachelor's from Prescott College and a master's from Vermont College of Norwich University. Peter coordinates the Center's legal actions, oversees our International Program, and helps formulate policy and strategy. Before working for the Center, he worked as a contract wildlife researcher for the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 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, 707.986.7805, pgalvin@biologicaldiversity.org


Noah Greenwald, Conservation Biologist, oversees development of Endangered Species Act petitions in the interior West. He holds a bachelor of science in ecology from Evergreen State College and a master’s in forest ecology 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.

Contact: Portland, OR, 503.484.7495, ngreenwald@biologicaldiversity.org


Michelle Harrington, Rivers Conservation Manager, coordinates the Center's advocacy work for the protection and restoration of rivers and riparian-dependent species. Before joining the Center in 1999, Michelle worked with The Bear Deluxe magazine and the Food Alliance in Portland, Oregon. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human studies and certificate in public relations from Marylhurst College.

Contact: Phoenix, AZ, 602.628.9909, mharrington@biologicaldiversity.org


Bill Haskins, Information Technology Associate, is in charge of the Center’s computer systems, networking and Web site 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, bhaskins@biologicaldiversity.org


Will Hodges, Biodiversity Advocate, does media-related projects for the biodiversity program promoting and defending the Endangered Species Act and species campaigns. Previously he worked as an environmental and outdoor educator for several schools and programs; for Outward Bound, he led rafting trips in the canyonlands of Utah. He holds a bachelor’s in environmental history from Brown University.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 315, whodges@biologicaldiversity.org


David Hogan, Conservation Manager, works to conserve forests and deserts in California and Arizona. David specializes in southern California national forests and the improvement of regional habitat conservation plans. Before joining the Center in 1993, David filed listing petitions for more than two dozen species including the original petition to list the California gnatcatcher, a species whose subsequent listing set in motion several regional HCPs. David received the San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club’s “Community Activist” award in 2006 for his work to prevent construction of the “Sunrise Powerlink” transmission line project.

Contact: San Diego, CA, 619.473.8217, dhogan@biologicaldiversity.org


David H. Johnson, Director, Global Owl Project, runs the Center’s Global Owl Project, a growing international program involving more than 250 researchers, scientists, geneticists, and students in 54 countries. The project focuses on developing foundational science on the owls of the world. Core tasks involve survey and monitoring techniques, DNA analysis, vocalizations, morphology, distribution mapping, cultural assessments, and the dissemination of products. David has 30 years of experience in the natural-resource field. He holds a master’s degree in wildlife science, a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in archaeology, and has had a passion for owls since he was 11 years old. He started the Global Owl Project in 2002 and joined the Center in 2007.

Contact: Alexandria, VA, 202.360.0313, djohnson@biologicaldiversity.org


Josephine Johnson, Internet Organizer, enhances the Center’s online presence through internet promotion, outreach, and e-fundraising. Prior to receiving her master’s in English from Humboldt State University, she lived in Savannah, directing and producing a nonprofit music and poetry workshop for elementary students. Josephine is an avid bike commuter and strives to be carbon neutral in all her endeavors.

Contact: Eureka, CA, 707.442.2276, jjohnson@biologicaldiversity.org


Chris Kassar, Wildlife Biologist, focuses on off-road vehicle issues and travel management planning on national forests in the Southwest. Chris holds a master’s in wildlife biology from Utah State University and previously worked for the Friends of the Inyo, surveying routes and conducting research on the impacts of off-road vehicles on the Inyo National Forest.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 317, ckassar@biologicaldiversity.org


Adam Keats, Staff Attorney, General Counsel and Urban Wildlands Program Director, focuses on southern California endangered species and habitat conservation issues in addition to his duties as the Center's general counsel. He holds a law degree from the University of California at Davis and a bachelor’s from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a member of the bars of California and Massachusetts.

Contact: San Francisco, CA, 415.436.9682 ext. 304 , akeats@biologicaldiversity.org


Mollie Matteson, Conservation Advocate, works for the protection and restoration of wild places, native ecosystems, and imperiled species in the Northeast. Before joining the Center in 2007, she was deputy director of Forest Watch, a New England-based group, for five years, where she helped establish new wilderness on the Green Mountain National Forest, worked to reduce off-road abuses on public lands, and advocated for landscape-scale conservation across the region. Prior to returning to Vermont, where she grew up, she spent almost two decades in the northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest as an activist, writer, editor, educator, wildlife biologist, and wilderness ranger. She holds a bachelor of science in zoology and a master’s in wildlife biology from the University of Montana.

Contact: Richmond, VT, 802.434.2388, mmatteson@biologicaldiversity.org


Taylor McKinnon, Public Lands Advocate, works to conserve public lands in the Southwest, focusing on forest and fire management, livestock grazing, and uranium and other energy development. Formerly a river outfitter and guide, Grand Canyon Trust’s forest conservation director and co-chair of Governor Janet Napolitano’s Forest Health Advisory Council, Taylor brings a deep understanding and affection for southwestern public lands to the Center. He holds a degree in environmental studies from Prescott College and oversees the Center’s office in his hometown of Flagstaff.

Contact: Flagstaff, AZ, 928.310.6713, tmckinnon@biologicaldiversity.org


Jeff Miller, Conservation Advocate, works primarily on endangered-species listing petitions, Bay Area sprawl issues, and public-lands grazing. He also does community organizing and media work around endangered species issues. Jeff has also been the director of the Alameda Creek Alliance since 1997.

Contact: San Francisco, CA, 415.436.9682 ext. 303, jmiller@biologicaldiversity.org


Julie Miller, Publications Director, writes, edits, and manages design of Center outreach materials and publications, including our membership newsletter, Endangered Earth. Julie holds a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Arizona, a master’s in literature from Indiana University, and a master’s in environmental education from the University of Arizona. Before joining the Center in 2000, she taught writing to college students for several years and worked on educational outreach for the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson Botanical Gardens, and Sonoran Arthropod Studies Institute.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 303, juliem@biologicaldiversity.org


Lydia Millet, Media Editor, edits and writes a range of press and outreach materials for the Center. She holds a master’s in environmental policy from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and worked as a writer at the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York for two years before joining the Center in 1999. She is also a novelist and essayist; her 2002 novel My Happy Life won the PEN-USA Award for Fiction, and 2005’s Oh Pure and Radiant Heart, about the physicists of the Manhattan Project, was shortlisted for Britain’s Arthur C. Clarke Prize. January 2008 will see the publication of a novel about extinction called How the Dead Dream.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, lmillet@biologicaldiversity.org


Anna Mirocha, Publications Associate, helps write, edit, and design Center outreach publications and Web site materials. Before joining the Center in 2007, she was a freelance writer and did event coordination and publication work for a Tucson nonprofit writing program. She holds a bachelor’s in English from Reed College and is thrilled at the opportunity to use her love of language toward the protection of nature.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 306, amirocha@biologicaldiversity.org


Brian Nowicki, California Climate Change Director, works on climate issues for the Center’s Climate, Air, and Energy Program, specializing in state-level policy in California. He holds a master of science in forestry from Northern Arizona University and previously worked on endangered species conservation from our Tucson office.

Contact: 916.201.6938, bnowicki@biologicaldiversity.org


Joanne Oellers, Verde Program Coordinator, enjoys sharing her passion for biology with the community and in the field. In addition to advocating protection of the Verde River ecosystem and other natural areas, she finds time to explore her own favorite wildlands. After earning a bachelor’s in biology from Northern Arizona University, teaching college biology, and leading Elderhostel groups throughout the Southwest, she approaches completion of her master’s thesis on hantavirus at Grand Canyon.

Contact: Prescott, AZ, 928.772.8204, joellers@biologicaldiversity.org


Andrew Orahoske, Conservation Advocate, works with the Center’s Public Lands Program to protect wild places and imperiled species from motorized vehicle abuse. Andrew holds a law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law and a bachelor’s in biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before joining the Center he worked as a field biologist, surveying and banding birds in the western United States, Venezuela and Jamaica. Andrew grew up exploring the forests and waters of northern Ohio.

Contact: Missoula, MT, orahoske@biologicaldiversity.org


Emily Brin Roberson, Director, Native Plant Conservation Campaign, created the Campaign in 2002: a national network of 31 native-plant societies, botanical gardens, arboreta, and other plant-science and conservation organizations in 30 states focused on increasing public understanding of and commitment to the value and imperilment of native plants. Emily holds a bachelor’s in plant ecology from Harvard University and a doctorate in soil microbial ecology from the University of California at Berkeley. She worked as a researcher in the plant and soil sciences for 10 years and as senior policy analyst for the California Native Plant Society for 11 years before joining the Center in 2004.

Contact: San Francisco, CA, 415.970.0394, eroberson@biologicaldiversity.org


Michael Robinson, Conservation Advocate, is a writer and advocate for the recovery of wolves, jaguars, and grizzly bears. He also handles education and outreach on the history and successes of the Endangered Species Act. With a master’s in literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a bachelor’s from the University of Texas at Austin, Michael has authored dozens of articles and opinion pieces on conservation issues that have appeared in publications ranging from High Country News to the New York Times. His book Predatory Bureaucracy: The Extermination of Wolves and the Transformation of the West has been reviewed as “ a work of tremendous scholarship,” that “captures the feel of western landscapes and the ethos of early 20th-century America.”

Contact: Pinos Altos, NM, 505.534.0360, michaelr@biologicaldiversity.org


Miyoko Sakashita, Staff Attorney, works in the Center’s Oceans Program securing protections for marine species and ecosystems. Miyoko received her bachelor of science in conservation and resource studies from the University of California at Berkeley and her law degree from Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. Prior to joining the Center, Miyoko was involved with other environmental organizations including the Center for Food Safety and the Foundation for Deep Ecology.

Contact: San Francisco, CA, 415.436.9682 ext. 308, miyoko@biologicaldiversity.org


Randy Serraglio, San Pedro Campaign Manager, is running the Center’s campaign to pass a statewide ballot initiative to protect the San Pedro River, an ecological jewel in the Sonoran Desert. A longtime veteran of political wars, he has served as canvass director and political director for the Arizona League of Conservation Voters and led a successful campaign to stop an open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains outside Tucson. Randy holds a bachelor’s in Latin American studies from the University of Arizona.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 321, rserraglio@biologicaldiversity.org


Todd Schulke 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. One of the Center’s founding members, he is a board member of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, Sky Island Alliance, American Land Alliance, and Gila WoodNet. He also sits on the Western Governors’ Forest Health Advisory Committee, Forest Health Oversight Committee, Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Advisory Committee, and New Mexico Forest and Watershed Health Planning Committee.

Contact: Pinos Altos, NM, 505.388.8799, tschulke@biologicaldiversity.org


Jennifer Shepherd, Grants Director, works with foundations and program staff to develop and manage grant proposals and reports. She received her master’s in geography from the University of Arizona, and a bachelor’s in environmental studies from Middlebury College. Jennifer coordinated and studied river stewardship programs in Vermont and Arizona prior to joining the Center.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 313, jshepherd@biologicaldiversity.org


Kelli Shields, Community Outreach Organizer, joined the Center's San Francisco office in 2006. A native Okie, Kelli graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s in environmental geography. Before she came to the Center, Kelli coordinated volunteers and organized events for a local nonprofit.

Contact: San Francisco, CA, 415.436.9682 ext. 300, kshields@biologicaldiversity.org


Kassie Siegel, Staff Attorney, Climate, Air, and Energy Program Director, develops and implements campaigns for the reduction of greenhouse gas pollution and the protection of plants and animals threatened by global warming, including the Center’s petition to protect the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act. Prior to attending Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law and working for the Center, she was a natural-history guide leading wilderness trips in Alaska.

Contact:  Joshua Tree, CA, 760.366.2232 ext. 302 (office); 951.961.7972 (mobile); ksiegel@biologicaldiversity.org


Robin Silver, Board Chair, is one of the Center’s founders. An 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: Phoenix, AZ, 602.246.4170, rsilver@biologicaldiversity.org


Bill Snape, Senior Counsel, coordinates the Center’s legal and policy work on endangered species, wilderness, and energy from Washington, DC. He did his undergraduate work at the University of California at Los Angeles and received his law degree from George Washington University. He has written numerous articles, as well as a book, on natural-resource issues in his 20-year career, has taught environmental and international law, and was with Defenders of Wildlife before joining the Center. In addition to his work with the Center he coaches swimming at Gallaudet University.

Contact: Washington, D.C., 202.536.9351, bsnape@biologicaldiversity.org


Paul Spitler, Public Lands Director, oversees the Center’s Public Lands Program. Paul focuses on ensuring that public lands are managed to preserve their biological diversity in a changing climate. Prior to joining the Center, Paul served as executive director of the California Wilderness Coalition, program officer for the Resources Law Group, and on various boards and commissions. Paul holds a bachelor of science in geology from the University of California at Davis and a law degree from Stanford University.

Contact: Bend, Oregon, 541.306.4772, pspitler@biologicaldiversity.org


Kierán Suckling, Policy Director, founded the Center and oversees development and implementation of the Center’s endangered species protection and wilderness conservation strategy. He acts as liaison between the Center and other environmental and public interest groups, handles negotiations with government agencies, and writes and lectures on biodiversity issues. Kierán holds a master’s in philosophy from the State University of New York at Stonybrook and a bachelor’s from Holy Cross.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 305, ksuckling@biologicaldiversity.org


Andrea Treece, Staff Attorney, works in the Center’s Oceans Program promoting the protection of marine species and their habitats. Andrea received her law degree and master’s in coastal environmental management from Duke University, where she focused on fisheries bycatch issues. Prior to joining the Center, she worked as an attorney for Earthjustice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Contact: San Francisco, CA, 415.436.9682 ext. 306, atreece@biologicaldiversity.org


Cyndi Tuell, Conservation Advocate, holds a bachelor of science in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona and a law degree from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. Before joining the Center, she worked for the Sonoran Institute. Cyndi was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252, ctuell@biologicaldiversity.org


Michelle Vasquez, Regional Office Manager, moved to Tucson in 2003 from her life-long home in Whittier, California. She brought seven years of management and administrative experience to the Center and keeps the internal workings of  our offices running smoothly. Outside work, Michelle is devoted to her middle-school aged son and his burgeoning city-league football achievements.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 300, mvasquez@biologicaldiversity.org


Matt Vespa, Staff Attorney, works with the Center’s Climate, Air and Energy Program. Matt holds a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, where he was elected Order of the Coif, a master’s in conservation biology from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s in biology from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the Center, Matt practiced environmental and land-use law on behalf of public agencies and citizen groups and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis, United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York. Prior to law school, Matt served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay where he taught local farmers soil conservation and sustainable-forestry practices.

Contact: San Francisco, CA, 415.436.9682 ext. 309, mvespa@biologicaldiversity.org


Linda Wells, Director of Finance, oversees the Center’s accounting and financial reporting. She holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Arizona State University. As owner of Accounting for the Future since 1994, Linda has many years of experience as an accountant for numerous nonprofit organizations. She has also worked as an activist on public lands issues and on a citizens’ initiative that banned animal trapping in Arizona.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252, lwells@biologicaldiversity.org


Shaye Wolf, Staff Biologist, works with the Center’s Climate, Air, and Energy Program. 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: San Francisco, CA, 415.436.9682 ext. 301, swolf@biologicaldiversity.org