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Adoma Addo, Population and Sustainability Associate

Adoma Addo, Population and Sustainability Associate, supports Center research and campaigns on waste prevention, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and the systemic injustices associated with unequal environmental burdens and unequal access to health services. She is a senior at Yale University, where she's focused on environmental studies and global health.

Contact: email Adoma

Collette Adkins, Carnivore Conservation Director, Senior Attorney

Collette Adkins, Carnivore Conservation Director, Senior Attorney, leads the Carnivore Conservation program, where she focuses on combating exploitation and cruel treatment of wolves and other 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

Rose Marie Akacha, Junior Accountant

Rose Marie Akacha, Junior Accountant, helps handle receivables for the Center’s administration team. Prior to joining the Center, Rose Marie worked as an accountant and cashier at the Buea Police Credit Union. She holds an accounting diploma from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 300, email Rose Marie

Kristine Akland, Northern Rockies Attorney

Kristine Akland, Northern Rockies Attorney, works in the Center’s Endangered Species program. Prior to joining the Center in 2020, she worked in private practice to protect endangered species threatened by logging and overgrazing in the Northwest. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Northern Arizona University and a law degree from the University of Montana.

Contact: Missoula, MT, email Kristine

Ileene Anderson, Public Lands Deserts Director, Senior Scientist

Ileene Anderson, Deserts Director, Senior Scientist, works in the Urban Wildlands program 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 lands in the California deserts and mountains, the Santa Ana River Watershed, the Santa Clara River watershed, and the inland empire of Southern California and Central California, among other places. She holds a master's in biology from California State Northridge.

Contact: Los Angeles, CA, 213.785.5407, email Ileene
Twitter: @andersonileene

Amy Atwood, Senior Counsel

Amy Atwood, Senior Counsel, strategizes and litigates high-priority cases for species conservation. Before joining the Center in 2007, she worked as a staff attorney for the Western Environmental Law Center and as an associate attorney for Meyer & Glitzenstein (now Eubanks & Associates). 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, email Amy
Twitter: @atwood55

Justin Augustine, Senior Attorney

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, email Justin

Sarah Baillie, Population and Sustainability Organizer

Sarah Baillie, Population and Sustainability Organizer, leads outreach efforts to help people understand how the pressures of our growing human population and high levels of consumption hurt wildlife and habitat. She manages our Endangered Species Condoms project and coordinates events for Pillow Talk. Sarah holds a bachelor's in wildlife conservation from the University of Delaware, a master's in biology from Villanova University, and a master's of public administration from the University of Arizona.

Contact: Buffalo, NY, 520.623.5252 ext. 308, email Sarah

Dan Becker, Clean Transport Director

Dan Becker, Director of the Safe Climate Transport Campaign, works in the Climate Law Institute. Dan began his career at Environmental Action, MassPIRG and Public Citizen’s Congress Watch and fought in Congress for the Clean Air Act, CAFE standards, Superfund and other responsible energy policies. He led the clean-car fight, beginning in 1989, as director of Sierra Club’s Global Warming and Energy Program and then as director of the Safe Climate Campaign. He helped win and defend the Obama Clean Car Standard and has been named one of the world’s 28 “Climate Heroes” by Rolling Stone magazine and Salon.com. Dan is a graduate of Northeastern University Law School and Hamilton College.

Contact: Washington, DC, 202.494.5577, email Dan

Lisa Belenky, Senior Counsel

Lisa Belenky, Senior Counsel, 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 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, email Lisa
Twitter: @LeafStemRoot

Elise Bennett, Florida Director, Senior Attorney

Elise Bennett, Florida Director, Senior Attorney, advocates for Florida’s endangered species and wild places. Born and raised in Florida, 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. Before joining the Center’s Florida program, Elise focused on protecting rare amphibians and reptiles in the eastern United States. Prior to that, she served as a judicial staff attorney in Florida’s 13th Judicial Circuit.

Contact: St. Petersburg, FL, 727.755.6950, email Elise

Kate Bermúdez-Goldman, Cheief People Services Officer

Kate Bermúdez-Goldman, Chief People Services Officer, Chair for the Center's JEDAI Committee, works on all matters related to the employee life cycle at the Center. Prior to joining us, she worked as director of human resources for national companies such as Buffalo Exchange and Tetakawi. She is the past president of the Society of Human Resource Management of Greater Tucson’s executive board and served as director of advocacy for the LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Kate holds a bachelor of science in environmental economics and a master's in international business.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 327, email Kate

Victoria Bogdan Tejeda, Staff Attorney

Victoria Bogdan Tejeda, Staff Attorney, works as part of the Climate Law Institute to fight false climate solutions such as carbon capture and storage, as well as polluting industries such as petrochemicals and biomass energy. Prior to joining the Center, she worked as an associate attorney with Earthjustice, where her role included litigating toxic chemical regulations and assisting overburdened communities in advancing environmental justice. She holds a law degree from U.C. Davis School of Law.

Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7103 ext. 303, email Victoria
Twitter: @v_bogg

Curt Bradley, Senior Scientist, GIS Specialist

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, email Curt

Brady Bradshaw, Senior Oceans Campaigner

Brady Bradshaw, Senior Oceans Campaigner, builds and executes campaigns to phase out offshore oil and gas drilling and fracking. Prior to joining the Center, Brady worked for Oceana defending against Trump’s drill-everywhere campaign, phasing out driftnets and longlines off California’s coast, and building support for a federal ban on the sale of shark fins. He graduated from UNC Wilmington with honors in marine biology and has coauthored work in the Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries.  

Contact: email Brady

Peter Broderick, Urban Wildlands Legal Director, Senior Attorney

Peter Broderick, Urban Wildlands Legal Director, Senior Attorney, works in the Center’s Urban Wildlands program to oppose sprawl development and protect habitat and species in the wildland-urban interface. Peter also has experience advising community groups on local land-use initiatives; opposing oil and gas development; and defending protective land-use, public-health, and safety regulations. Peter received his law degree from Stanford Law School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon.

Contact: Portland, OR, 503.283.5474 ext. 421, email Peter

Ann Brown, Open Government Coordinator

Ann Brown, Open Government Coordinator, works with all the Center’s programs to mandate government transparency by submitting and facilitating records requests to state and federal agencies. She holds a law degree from Suffolk University Law School and a bachelor’s in women’s studies from Denison University. Before joining the Center, she worked with a civil litigator in Boston, wrote grants for numerous reproductive-rights organizations, and was a safety-planning advocate for people impacted by domestic violence.

Contact: Portland, OR, 971.717.6412, email Ann

Chris Bugbee, Southwest Conservation Advocate

Chris Bugbee, Southwest Conservation Advocate, is a field ecologist who specializes in wildlife conservation. He has worked with a diversity of taxa across a wide range of ecosystems, from crocodilians and pythons in the Everglades to mammalian predators like bears and wild cats. Prior to joining the Center, where he works on protecting habitat for imperiled native species, Chris conducted research on borderlands wildlife, including endangered jaguars and ocelots. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Lawrence University and a master’s degree in interdisciplinary ecology, with a focus on wildlife conservation, from the University of Florida.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 305.498.9115, email Chris

Lori Ann Burd, Environmental Health Program Director, Senior Attorney

Lori Ann Burd, Environmental Health Program Director, Senior 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 board of the Crag Law Center.

Contact: Portland, OR, 971.717.6405, email Lori Ann
Twitter: @loriannburd

John Buse, General Counsel, Legal Director

John Buse, General 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, email John

Kristin Carden, Senior Scientist

Kristin Carden, Senior Scientist, works with the Oceans program to conserve imperiled marine species and ecosystems. Before joining the Center, she worked as an associate attorney and staff scientist for Earthjustice. She also has experience in science communication and education; served as a Knauss Fellow in Washington, D.C.; and worked for the National Park Service in Alaska and Hawaii. She earned her Ph.D. in environmental science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, her law degree from Harvard Law School, and a B.S. in renewable natural resources from the University of Arizona.

Contact: Bozeman, MT,510.844.7100 ext. 327, email Kristin

Kara Clauser, GIS Specialist

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, email Kara

Hannah Connor, Senior Attorney

Hannah Connor, Senior Attorney, works in the Center's Environmental Health program 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: Richmond, VA, 202.681.1676, email Hannah

Camila Cossío, Staff Attorney

Camila Cossío, Staff Attorney, works in the Center’s Endangered Species program. She was formerly a farmworker attorney at the Oregon Law Center’s Farmworker Program. She holds a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, an LL.M in animal law from Lewis & Clark Law School and a bachelor's in creative writing from the University of Houston.

Contact: Portland, OR, email Camila

Maggie Coulter, Staff Attorney

Maggie Coulter, Staff Attorney, works at the Center’s Climate Law Institute on federal oil and gas issues. Before joining the Center, she worked as an environmental advocate for various nonprofit organizations, including American Forests, Defenders of Wildlife, Hudson Riverkeeper, and the public interest environmental law firm Meyer Glitzenstein & Eubanks LLC. Maggie also worked as a senior fellow at the White House Council on Environmental Quality under President Obama and holds a law degree and master’s degree in global environmental policy from American University, as well as bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and political science from the University of California Irvine.

Contact: Washington, DC, email Maggie

Howard Crystal, Energy Justice Program Legal Director, Senior Attorney

Howard Crystal, Energy Justice Program Legal Director, Senior Attorney, oversees the Energy Justice program’s litigation promoting a clean energy transition, including fighting against both utility obstacles to distributed energy and centralized control of energy resources. He has spent his career in private and public-interest practice litigating environmental and wildlife protection, public health, safe energy and open government cases. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1993 and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

Contact: Washington, DC, 202.849.8401 ext. 102, email Howard

Brendan Cummings, Conservation Director

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, 510.844.7100 ext. 341, email Brendan

Tierra Curry, Saving Life on Earth Campaign Director, Senior Scientist

Tierra Curry, Saving Life on Earth Campaign Director, Senior Scientist, focuses on building a movement to end extinction. She works nationally with individuals and groups in support of celebrating and protecting biodiversity. Prior to joining the Center in 2007 she worked as an amphibian field biologist, environmental educator and community organizer. She holds a bachelor's in English from Berea College and a master's in biology from Portland State University.

Contact: Somerset, KY, 928.522.3681, email Tierra
Twitter: @TierraMussel

Miranda Daviduk, Senior Online Membership Associate

Miranda Daviduk, Senior Online Membership Associate, works on our development team focusing on email and digital fundraising. Prior to joining the Center, Miranda worked as a freelance visual content producer doing photography and video production, with a focus on science and environmental storytelling. She holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications from the University of Delaware and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Oregon.

Contact: Corvallis, OR, 541.224.7631, email Miranda

Danica Davison, Membership Associate

Danica Davison, Membership Associate, provides support by answering emails, processing donations and helping with the Center's membership databases. Prior to joining the Center, she worked as a museum curator/project archivist at Western Archaeological Conservation Center, National Park Service through the University of Arizona. She holds a master’s in library and information science from the University of Arizona and a bachelor’s in political science from Arizona State University.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, email Danica

Perrin de Jong, North Carolina Staff Attorney

Perrin de Jong, Staff Attorney, advocates for endangered species, climate protection and environmental health in the state of North Carolina and beyond. Before working for the Center, he spent seven years in private practice. He earned his law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School and holds a bachelor's from Berea College.

Contact: Asheville, North Carolina, 828.252.4646, email Perrin

Gladys Delgadillo, Climate Organizer

Gladys Delgadillo, Climate Organizer, works with the Climate Law Institute to fight for wildlife, ecosystems, and people by advancing a just transition off fossil fuels to clean energy. Prior to joining the Center, she worked for former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham as administrator of the Florida Conservation Coalition, co-led successful land-conservation campaigns, and spearheaded passage of a Collier County, Florida ordinance to prevent human-bear conflict. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in earth systems from Stanford University.

Contact: email Gladys

Fabiola Delgado, Digital Production Associate

Fabiola Delgado, Digital Production Associate, works in the Digital program supporting actions, SMS campaigns and webinars. She received a bachelor's degree in anthropology, with a focus in archaeology, at the University of Arizona. Before joining the Center, Fabiola worked as an intern at Saguaro National Park.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252, email Fabiola

Kelley Dennings, Population and Sustainability Campaigner

Kelley Dennings, Population and Sustainability Campaigner, develops and executes advocacy and outreach initiatives addressing the connections between reproductive health, gender equity, endless growth, inequitable consumption, and the climate and extinction crises. Prior to the Center, she worked in waste management and forest conservation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in natural resources from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in public health from the University of South Florida. She is a family-planning counselor and certified in public health, social marketing and project management.

Contact: Washington, DC, 919.355.8102, email Kelley

Kim Dinan, Media Specialist

Kim Dinan, Senior Media Specialist, works on communications for the Center’s Population and Sustainability Program. Before joining us she worked as a freelance journalist for nearly a decade and in recycling, waste reduction and sustainability for Marion County, Oregon and the city of Portland. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Ohio University.  

Contact: Asheville, NC, email Kim
Twitter: @kimdinan

Nate Donley, Environmental Health Science Director

Nathan Donley, Environmental Health Science Director, 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.

Contact: Portland, OR, 971.717.6406, email Nate
Twitter: @Nathan_Donley

Patrick Donnelly, Great Basin Director

Patrick Donnelly, Great Basin Director, works to defend the wildlife and wild places of Nevada and surrounding desert regions, with a focus on endemic species and groundwater resources. Patrick spent over a decade leading young people in hands-on conservation work and on extended outdoor education trips. He has led campaigns to protect national monuments, stop inappropriate energy development, and prevent overappropriation of scarce desert water. Patrick has a bachelor's in environmental science and policy from the University of California Berkeley.

Contact: Las Vegas, NV, 702.483.0449, email Patrick
Twitter: @bitterwaterblue

Dianne DuBois, Staff Scientist

Dianne DuBois, Staff Scientist, works to protect wildlife and wildlands outside U.S. borders in the International program. She holds a bachelor’s in biology from Westfield State University and a master’s in environmental studies, with a concentration in conservation biology, from Antioch University. Before joining the Center she studied reforestation in the Monteverde region of Costa Rica and worked as an environmental educator in western Massachusetts.

Contact: Asheville, NC, 413.530.9257, email Dianne

Cynthia Elkins, Senior Paralegal

Cynthia Elkins, Senior 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.

Contact: email Cynthia

Laura Enriquez, Development Associate

Laura Enriquez, Development Associate, provides support to the donor relations team doing research and communication with Leadership Circle members.  A Tucson native, she worked in Democratic politics for nine years prior to joining the Center. Her career politics included field work, fundraising and campaign management.  After serving as statewide field director for the pro-choice democratic committee Arizona List, she led outreach efforts for the successful re-elections of Tucson City Council Member Regina Romero and managed the campaigns of several state representatives.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.358.3331, email Laura

Gail Evans, Senior Attorney

Gail Evans, Senior Attorney, works in the Climate Law Institute addressing oil and gas extraction and pollution in New Mexico. Before joining the Center, she worked with frontline communities, Indigenous peoples and youth to develop legal strategies to hold the state of New Mexico accountable for the impacts of oil and gas pollution. For 14 years, Gail served as the legal director of the NM Center on Law and Poverty. She holds a law degree from the University of New Mexico and an LLM from Georgetown University.

Contact: Albuquerque, NM, email Gail

Jonathan Evans, Environmental Health Legal Director and Senior Attorney

Jonathan Evans, Environmental Health Legal Director, 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 Jonathan

Mark Evans, SQL Database Administrator and Developer

Mark Evans, SQL Database Administrator and Developer, develops and supports the Center’s databases to empower staff to accomplish data-intensive tasks. Before joining the Center, he worked for Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse as their sole IT staff and database developer. Mark came to us with more than 20 years of experience developing databases for small and medium-sized companies, engineering and managing IT infrastructure, server administration, and development and management of virtualized data centers. He has called Tucson home for nearly 30 years.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252, email Mark

Keenan Falk, IT Technician and Account Administrator

Keenan Falk, IT Technician and Account Administrator, works on the Center’s Information Technology team. Keenan came to the Center from the Tucson Unified School District, where he worked as an IT field technician. Keenan has experience in network and server administration, as well as virtual machine management. His former positions range from pyrotechnician for a local stunt show to fire-equipment inspector. 

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520-526-4627, email Keenan

Stephanie Feldstein, Population and Sustainability Director

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. She is the author of The Animal Lover’s Guide to Changing the World (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2018).

Contact: Portland, OR, 971.717.6423, email Stephanie
Twitter: @sfeldstein

Elise Ferguson, Paralega

Elise Ferguson, Paralegal, works in the Public Lands program helping to protect species and habitat. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in geography from California State University Stanislaus, with a minor in environmental and resource studies, and received a law degree from John F. Kennedy University. Before joining the Center, Elise was involved in public-interest work and volunteered with nonprofit organizations dedicated to social justice, the fair treatment of animals, and protecting the environment.

Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100 ext. 306, email Elise

Marc Fink, Public Lands Legal Director, Senior Attorney

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.

Contact:  Duluth, MN, 218.464.0539, mfink
Twitter: @Marcdf

John Fleming, Senior Scientist

John Fleming, Senior 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 the Los Angeles coast.

Contact: Los Angeles, CA, 213.785.5403, email John
Twitter: @CFlemingJohn

Peter Galvin, Director of Programs

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, email Peter

Camilla Getz, Law Fellow

Camilla Getz, Law Fellow, works in the Environmental Health program and the Climate Law Institute. She is expected to receive her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and graduated with a bachelor’s in urban environmental policy from Occidental College. Before joining the Center, Camilla worked for various nonprofits to combat climate change and advance environmental justice; provided direct legal health services; and worked in environmental historical consulting.

Contact: email Camilla

Scott Gilman, Online Fundraising Director

Scott Gilman, Online Fundraising Director, works on our development team focusing on email and digital fundraising. Before joining us he helped other nonprofits with online strategy development; served as director of online communications at the National Center for Learning Disabilities; and was assistant director for Internet initiatives at what is now the Jewish Federations of North America. He holds a master's in media studies from The New School, a bachelor's in literature from Columbia University and a bachelor's in Talmud from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Contact: Austin, TX, 917.886.2770, email Scott

J.W. Glass, EPA Policy Specialist

J.W. Glass, EPA Policy Specialist, works with our Government Affairs and Environmental Health programs. Prior to joining the Center, J.W. worked as a law clerk at the Environmental Protection Agency and a research assistant at the University of Florida’s Environmental and Land Use Law Program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a juris doctor from the University of Florida with a certificate in environmental and land-use law.

Contact: Washington, DC, 813.833.5301, email J.W.

Eric Glitzenstein, Director of Litigation

Eric Glitzenstein, Director of Litigation, oversees and coordinates litigation strategy for the Center. Before joining us he was the cofounder and managing partner of the public-interest law firm Meyer & Glitzenstein in Washington, D.C. Before that he worked for the Public Citizen Litigation Group. He holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.

Contact: Washington, DC, 202.849.8401 ext. 109, email Eric

Maya Golden-Krasner, Climate Deputy Director, Senior Attorney

Maya Golden-Krasner, Climate Deputy Director, Senior Attorney, helps operate the Center's 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: Los Angeles, CA, 213.785.5402, email Maya

Benjamin Goloff, Senior Climate Organizer

Benjamin Goloff, Senior Climate Campaigner,works with the Climate Law Institute supporting communities and organizations across the country organizing for transformative federal action to end the era of fossil fuels, address the climate emergency, and advance environmental justice. He earned a master’s degree in environmental governance from the University of Oxford and studied biology, environmental justice and climate politics at Swarthmore College.

Contact: Washington, DC, 917.828.0473, email Benjamin
Twitter: @benjamingoloff

Selah Goodson Bell, Energy Justice Policy Analyst

Selah Goodson Bell, Energy Justice Campaigner, works in the Center’s Energy Justice program and supports its pursuit of a renewable, just and equitable energy future. Prior to joining the Center, Selah worked with the Environmental Law Institute as a research associate. He also cofounded a student-led group called the Yale Environmental Education Collaborative that conducted place-based environmental lessons in New Haven schools. Selah grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and holds a bachelor's in environmental studies from Yale University.

Contact: Washington, DC, email Selah

Noah Greenwald, Endangered Species Director

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.

Contact: Portland, OR, 503.484.7495, email Noah
Twitter: @Noah_Ark_757

Renee Grivois, Membership Associate

Renee Grivois, Membership Associate, works with the development team on fundraising to support our programs. Prior to joining the Center, Renee worked in marketing at the Providence Animal Rescue League and The Providence Journal. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Johnson & Wales University.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.345.5714, email Renee

Will Harlan, Staff Scientist and Senior Conservation Advocate

Will Harlan, Staff Scientist and Senior Conservation Advocate, works in the Endangered Species program. Prior to joining the Center, Will worked for Sierra Club protecting forests and indigenous lands. He also wrote a national bestselling book Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and National Geographic. He holds a master’s in biology from Clemson University and a master’s in English from Emory University.

Contact: Asheville, N.C. 828.230.6818, email Will
Twitter: @WillHarlanHuman

Brett Hartl, Endangered Species Policy Director

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.

Contact: Washington, D.C., 202.817.8121, email Brett
Twitter: @brett_hartl

Bill Haskins, Chief Information Officer

Bill Haskins, Chief Information Officer, 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

Scott Hochberg, Staff Attorney

Scott Hochberg, Staff Attorney, works at the Center’s Climate Law Institute to strengthen air-quality protections, car efficiency standards and electric vehicle programs. He previously received a Skadden Fellowship to start the workers’ rights program at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, and his activism has focused on bridging the climate and labor movements and building local just-transition policies. Scott has degrees from Harvard Law School and Brown University.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252, ext. 332, email Scott

Makennah Horn, People Services Coordinator

Makennah Horn, People Services Coordinator, supports the Center’s human resources staff. Prior to joining the Center, Makennah worked as an HR specialist at Buffalo Exchange. She holds a bachelor of science in liberal arts from Northern Arizona University.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252, email Makennah

Michael Hudson, Chief Financial Officer

Michael Hudson, Chief Operating Officer, works to provide services that will increase the efficiency of the Center's operations and help the organization be more effective in achieving our mission. Michael 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, email Michael

Karuna Jaggar, Climate Campaign Director

Karuna Jaggar, Climate Campaign Director, wages strategic, grassroots public-pressure campaigns to win the structural changes needed to advance climate and energy justice. Prior to joining the Center, Karuna served for a decade as the executive director for the independent health justice watchdog Breast Cancer Action. She spent the first half of her career working for economic and racial justice, including as the East Bay executive director for Women’s Initiative for Self Employment. She holds a master’s in economic and political geography from the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor's degree from Smith College. Karuna is also an alumna of LeaderSpring and The Dr. Beatriz Maria Soliz Policy Institute.

Contact: Oakland, CA, email Karuna
Twitter: @karunajaggar

Emily Jeffers, Staff Attorney

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, email Emily

Liz Jones, Staff Attorney

Liz Jones, Staff Attorney, works with the Climate Law Institute. Prior to joining the Center, Liz was an attorney at Los Angeles Waterkeeper and the Southern Environmental Law Center. Liz has a law degree from Stanford Law School, a master’s degree in environmental resources from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College.

Contact: Los Angeles, CA, 213.785.5400, email Liz

Natalie Jones, Media Specialist

Natalie Jones, Media Specialist, works on media relations and communications for the Center’s Oceans and International programs. Previously she worked for many years as a freelance reporter and audio producer. She has a master’s degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Scripps College in Claremont, CA.

Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.418.0179, email Natalie

Dipika Kadaba, Environmental Scientist and Communicator

Dipika Kadaba, Environmental Scientist and Communicator, is an ecologist who works through data visualization to communicate on environmental science issues for the Center's programs. She began her career as a veterinarian researching environmental epidemiology, studied conservation in Duke's Master of Environmental Management program, and now uses technology and design for interdisciplinary communication.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 512.217.1681, email Dipika
Twitter: @DipikaKadaba

Krista Kemppinen, Senior Scientist

Krista Kemppinen, Senior Scientist, works on species conservation within the Endangered Species program. Prior to joining the Center, she worked at Arizona State University, leading reassessments of the world’s reef-building corals, tunas and billfishes for the IUCN in coordination with scientists around the globe, and now maintains that position part-time. Krista also spent two years working with ASU and Conservation International on primarily terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystem services conservation. She holds a Ph.D. in climate science and a bachelor’s from the University of Cambridge.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, email Krista

Catherine Kilduff, Senior Attorney

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, email Catherine

Kaye King, Membership Associate

Kaye King, Membership Associate, focuses on database management for the Center's Membership program. Prior to joining the Center, she was a marketing database administrator for SWCA Environmental Consultants in Phoenix. She holds a bachelor's degree in environmental studies from the University of Redlands in California.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 325, email Kaye

Beccy Kirk, Deputy IT Director, Software and Data

Beccy Kirk, Deputy IT Director, Software and Data, focuses on planning and developing applications that allow staff and the public to access Center-generated content, in addition to other IT tasks such as 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, email Beccy

Blake Kopcho, Senior Oceans Campaigner

Blake Kopcho, Senior Oceans Campaigner, works in the Oceans program devising and leading campaigns to protect marine life and coastal communities from plastic pollution and offshore oil and gas development. Prior to joining the Center, Blake directed grassroots advocacy campaigns eliminating single-use plastics at the local, state, and federal level. He holds a master’s in science from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and a bachelor’s degree in aquatic biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Contact: Santa Barbara, CA, 805.708.3435, email Blake

KrisAnn Kokes, Development Operations Associate

KrisAnn Kokes, Development Operations Associate, supports the chief development officer and membership director and provides administrative support for grants. Prior to joining the Center, KrisAnn was an assistant to the executive director at Tucson Wildlife Center and worked at a local portrait photography studio. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.237.2129, email KrisAnn

Cybele Knowles, Deputy Digital Director

Cybele Knowles, Deputy Digital Director, helps guide the Center's digital strategy and communications. Prior to joining the Center she worked at Pixar Animation Studios and the University of Arizona Poetry Center, among other places. She holds an MFA in creative 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, email Cybele

Hollin Kretzmann, Senior Attorney

Hollin Kretzmann, Senior 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, email Hollin

Guy Kuawu, Director of Administration and Finance

Guy Kuawu, Director of Administration and Finance, works with the accounting department to ensure the accuracy of the Center’s books and full compliance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Guy joined the Center with years of domestic and international experience in finance and operations, primarily with other nonprofit organizations. He holds a master’s in business administration (finance) and an MBA in global management.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 309, email Guy

Aaron Kunkler, Media Specialist

Aaron Kunkler, Media Specialist, works on the Media team to help highlight the work of the Carnivore Conservation and Endangered Species programs. Before joining the Center, Aaron spent seven years as a reporter writing for several newspapers in Washington state. He holds a bachelor’s in journalism and political science from Central Washington University. 

Contact: Seattle, WA, 206.949.5353, email Aaron
Twitter: @aaronkunkler1

Stephanie Kurose, Senior  Endangered Species Policy Specialist

Stephanie Kurose, Senior 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 a master's in global environmental policy at American University School of International Service. Prior to her current role as a policy specialist, she was a legal fellow with the Center. She was also 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, 202.849.8401 ext. 103, email Stephanie

Hallie Kutak, Staff Attorney and Senior Conservation Advocate

Hallie Kutak, Staff Attorney and Senior Conservation Advocate, works in the Center's Urban Wildlands program to protect habitat, species and public health. She focuses on warehouse and logistics development in California's Inland Empire and desert regions, as well as special projects aimed at protecting California biodiversity. Before joining the Center, Hallie worked as a deputy attorney general for the California Department of Justice, where she opposed unsafe development in the wildland-urban interface, fought federal rollbacks, and safeguarded public access to the coast. She received her law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Contact: Los Angeles, CA, 510-844-7100 ext. 317, email Hallie

Scott Lake, Nevada Staff Attorney

Scott Lake, Nevada Staff Attorney, works in the Endangered Species and Public Lands programs, focusing on issues affecting Nevada. Prior to joining the Center, Scott worked as Idaho director at Western Watersheds Project and as a law clerk for the Alaska Supreme Court. He holds a bachelor’s in English from the College of Idaho, a master’s of environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School and a law degree from Vermont Law School.

Contact: Reno, NV, 802.299.7495, email Scott

Theo LeQuesne, Climate Organizer

Theo LeQuesne, Climate Organizer, works with the Climate Law Institute to support frontline community efforts to keep fossil fuels in the ground and advance a just transition to clean energy. Prior to joining the Center, he worked as a campus campaigner on two successful fossil fuel divestment campaigns (Fossil Free UC and Fossil Free Warwick), and more recently worked with 350 Santa Barbara to develop just transition strategies and halt the expansion of oil drilling in Santa Barbara County. He holds a PhD in Global Studies from UC Santa Barbara.

Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100, email Theo
Twitter: @theolequesne

Wendy Leung, Senior Media Specialist

Wendy Leung, Senior Media Specialist, helps coordinate media relations and strategy for the Urban Wildlands and Government Affairs programs. Prior to joining the Center, Wendy spent two decades as a reporter for Southern California newspapers. She holds a bachelor's degree in literature from University of California Santa Cruz and a master's degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Contact: Los Angeles, CA, 818.625.3128, email Wendy
Twitter: @Leung__Wendy

Roger Lin, Senior Attorney

Roger Lin, Senior Attorney, works in the Center’s Energy Justice program advocating for an equitable clean energy future. Prior to joining the Center, he worked with environmental justice organizations throughout California and has litigated environmental justice and civil rights cases. He is an author of Environmental Justice: Law, Policy and Regulation and serves on California’s Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group. Roger received his law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.  

Contact: Oakland, CA, email Roger

Tara Lohan, Deputy Editor, The Revelator

Tara Lohan, Deputy Editor, The Revelator, writes and edits stories and helps grow The Revelator's readership. She has worked for more than a decade as a digital editor and environmental journalist focused on the intersections of energy, water and climate. Her work has been published by The Nation, American Prospect, High Country News and other outlets, and she is the editor of two books on the global water crisis. She holds a bachelor’s from Middlebury College in environmental studies and nonfiction writing, and a master’s in narrative nonfiction from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism.

Contact: San Francisco, CA, 415.800.4088, email Tara
Twitter: @TaraLohan

Paulo Lopes, Senior Public Land Policy Specialist

Paulo Lopes, Senior Public Land Policy Specialist, works in the Center's D.C. office helping with legal, policy and coalition efforts. Before joining the Center, he worked at Global Witness, the Environmental Law Institute and the Center for International Environmental Law. He holds a law degree and public policy master's from American University and a bachelor's of business administration in finance from the University of the Texas at Austin.

Contact: Washington, DC, 202.849.8401 ext. 105, email Paulo

Melissa Lundholm, Facilities and Operations Manager

Melissa Lundholm, Facilities and Operations Manager, is an administrative resource for the Tucson headquarters office. Prior to joining the Center, Melissa worked as an executive assistant for Unitek Learning. Melissa has a background in human resources and administration; she studied anthropology and women’s studies at the University of Arizona.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.668.9901, email Melissa

Gretchen Mais, Membership Director

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: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 333, email Gretchen

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, email Jared

Eric Matchett, SQL Developer

Eric Matchett, SQL Developer, specializes in data analytics and visualizations in the Center’s IT department. Before coming to the Center, Eric worked on databases and reporting in the realm of higher education, including at Pima Community College in Arizona and at Clackamas Community College and Lewis and Clark College in Oregon. He received his bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College and also studied music at Towson State University.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252, email Eric

Taylor McKinnon, Senior Public Lands Advocate

Taylor McKinnon, Senior Public Lands Advocate, 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.

Contact: Flagstaff, AZ, 801.300.2414, email Taylor
Twitter: @publiccarbon

Russ McSpadden, Southwest Conservation Advocate

Russ McSpadden, Southwest Conservation Advocate, works to protect public lands — and the wildlife who call them home — in Arizona and the rest of the Southwest. Before joining the Center in 2012, Russ engaged in grassroots environmental activism. He holds a master’s degree in environmental history from Florida Atlantic University.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 329, email Russ

Joe Melisi, Development Associate

Joe Melisi, Development Associate, provides support to the development team by facilitating the quarterly phone briefings, managing a portfolio of Leadership Circle donors. He is a recent transplant to Tucson from the suburbs of Chicago. In Illinois he managed a small agriculture nonprofit and volunteered to facilitate advocacy work for the Science Policy Group at the University of Illinois. Joe earned a bachelor’s in agriculture leadership focusing on policy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.867.6658, email Joe

Allison Melton, Senior Attorney

Allison Melton, Senior Attorney, focuses on resisting attacks on public lands. She worked for High Country Conservation Advocates before joining the Center, safeguarding Gunnison County public lands from mining, fracking, logging and unsustainable off-road vehicle use. She has also worked in energy and conservation law representing clients in Freedom of Information Act and National Environmental Policy Act cases; she holds a law degree from the University of Colorado.

Contact: Crested Butte, CO, 970.309.2008, email Allison

Gwyneth Merner, Senior Development Associate

Gwyneth Merner, Senior Development Associate, works with the membership and donor relations teams to encourage philanthropic acts. Prior to joining the Center, Gwyneth served as the assistant director of donor relations and stewardship at Mount Holyoke College. She has also taught creative writing to college students, young parents completing high-school equivalency exams and incarcerated women. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor's degree from Hampshire College.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.345.5712, email Gwyneth

Jean Merrigan, Senior Paralegal and Research Specialist

Jean Merrigan, Senior Paralegal and Research Specialist, works with the Center's Environmental Health program. For the past several years she has represented the nonprofit Women’s Energy Matters in proceedings at the California Public Utilities Commission, advocating for sustainable-energy policies and the retirement of Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. Jean has a background in litigation and has also worked in documentary filmmaking.

Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7151 ext. 319, email Jean

Jeff Miller, Senior Conservation Advocate, writes press and outreach materials for endangered species issues, works on endangered-species listing petitions, and does community organizing and media work for numerous Center campaigns, from condor protection to pesticides reduction to Bay Area urban-sprawl issues. Jeff has also been the director of the Alameda Creek Alliance since 1997, and in 2007 and 2009 won "Leaping Steelhead" awards for his efforts to restore Alameda Creek and California's fish populations and aquatic ecosystems.

Contact: San Francisco, CA, 510.499.9185, email Jeff

Lydia Millet, Chief Editor

Lydia Millet, Chief 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 and worked for NRDC in New York before joining the Center in 1999. She's also a fiction writer whose work often touches on the subjects of human-animal relations, extinction and climate change. Her three most recent books are A Children's Bible (2020), Fight No More (2018) and Sweet Lamb of Heaven (2016).

Contact: Tucson, AZ, email Lydia

Anna Mirocha, Digital Communications Editor

Anna Mirocha, Digital Communications Editor, edits the Center's e-newsletters; works to maintain and drive traffic to the Center's websites; and helps write, proofread and edit action alerts and other communications. 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, email Anna

Jennifer Molidor, Senior Food Campaigner, helps 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.

Contact: Mount Shasta, CA,  email Jennifer
Twitter: @JenniferMolidor

Kristen Monsell

Kristen Monsell, Oceans Program Litigation Director, Senior Attorney, works with the Center's Oceans program to protect marine species and their habitat. Before joining the Center, Kristen worked as an assistant attorney general in the Natural Resources Section of the Oregon Department of Justice and 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, email Kristen

Molly Morabito, Climate Organizer

Molly Morabito, Climate Organizer, works with the Climate Law Institute to support communities mobilizing for a just transition off fossil fuels. Prior to joining the Center, she worked in environmental justice advocacy and clean energy research. She holds a master's of science in environmental policy and regulation from the London School of Economics and a bachelor's in communications, law, economics and government from American University. 

Contact: email Molly

Brian Nowicki, Senior Public Lands Advocate

Brian Nowicki, Senior Public Lands Advocate, is based in Sacramento, where he works in the Center's Climate Law Institute on California climate-related issues like fossil fuels, carbon emissions, climate resilience, forests and fire. Brian received his Master of Science degree in forestry at Northern Arizona University before joining the Center in 2002, where he first worked in Tucson, Arizona, as a conservation biologist for our campaigns on national forest and federal endangered species policy.

Contact: Sacramento, CA, 916.201.6938, email Brian

Alex Olivera, Senior Mexico Representative

Alex Olivera, Senior 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, email Alex

Whitney Palmer, Paralegal

Whitney Palmer, Paralegal, works with Center attorneys on strategic litigation. Prior to joining the Center in 2019, Whitney worked as a legal secretary in criminal defense and personal injury law in Sandpoint, Idaho. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon.

Contact: Sandpoint, ID, email Whitney

Stephanie  Parent, Senior Counsel

Stephanie Parent, Senior Counsel, 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: Portland, OR, 971.717.6404, email Stephanie

Wendy Park, Senior Attorney

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, email Wendy

Andy Parker, Senior Media Specialist

Andy Parker, Senior 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, email Andy

Lauren A. Parker, Staff Attorney

Lauren A. Parker, Staff Attorney, works in the Climate Law Institute. Prior to joining the Center she was a paralegal specialist at the U.S. Department of Justice. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture education from North Carolina A&T State University and a law degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law.

Contact: Washington, DC, email Lauren

Nyshie Perkinson, Senior Media Specialist

Nyshie Perkinson, Senior Media Specialist, helps to promote the Center’s Climate Law Institute. Prior to joining the Center, she was a broadcast news producer at MSNBC, CNN and other outlets. She has also worked doing social media in Mexico City and editing the English-language Viet Nam News in Hanoi. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a master’s degree in creative writing from the City College of New York.

Contact: 718.928.5148, email Nyshie
Twitter: @thatnyshie

Jason Pfeifle, Climate Campaigner

Jason Pfeifle, Senior Climate Campaigner, works with the Climate Law Institute to fight pollution from oil and gas extraction. Prior to joining the Center, he led CALPIRG’s advocacy and policy work on public health issues like getting lead out of school drinking water and stopping antibiotic overuse on factory farms. He holds a doctorate in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100 ext. 313, email Jason

Maxx Phillips, Hawai'i Director, Staff Attorney

Maxx Phillips, Hawai'i Director, Staff Attorney, runs the Center's Hawai'i program. Before joining the Center, Maxx was policy advisor and legislative attorney in the Hawai'i State Senate and managing director for Mālama Pūpūkea-Waimea, a volunteer-based nonprofit created to replenish, sustain, and protect the natural and cultural resources of the Pūpūkea Marine Life Conservation District on the North Shore of Oahu. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego, and a law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law, where she graduated cum laude with certificates in environmental and native Hawaiian law.

Contact: Honolulu, HI, 808.284.0007, email Maxx

John Platt

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 news-and-ideas site, The Revelator. 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, email John
Twitter: @johnrplatt

Amy Plopper, Senior Development Operations Associate

Amy Plopper, Senior Development Operations 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, email Amy

Aruna Prabhala, Urban Wildlands Director, Senior Attorney

Aruna Prabhala, Urban Wildlands Director, Senior Attorney, works to protect habitat for endangered species and limit sprawl. For her work against Newhall Ranch, a proposed megadevelopment 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.

Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100 ext. 322, email Aruna

Heather Rauch, Chief of Staff

Heather Rauch, Chief of Staff, 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, Facilities and Administration Manager

Chris Teutimez Rawlings, Facilities and Administration Manager, 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

Frances Tinney, Legal Fellow

Frances Tinney, Legal Fellow, works with Center attorneys in the Urban Wildlands program. She graduated from the City College of New York and from Stanford Law School. Before law school, Frances served in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua and in a conservation corps in Arizona.  

Contact: Oakland, CA, 509.432.9256, email Frances

Quinn Read, Oregon Policy Director

Quinn Read, Oregon Policy Director, works to protect and restore Oregon’s imperiled species and landscapes. Prior to joining the Center, Quinn worked as the Northwest program director at Defenders of Wildlife. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington and a law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Contact: Portland, OR, email Quinn

Sylvia Regan, ParalegalSylvia Regan, Paralegal, works in the Climate Law Institute. Prior to joining the Center, Sylvia worked as a litigation project assistant at a global law firm. She holds a bachelor’s degree in gender and sexuality studies from Northwestern University.

Contact: Oakland, CA, email Sylvia

Elizabeth Reid-Wainscoat, Campaigner

Elizabeth Reid-Wainscoat, Campaigner, works in the Center's Urban Wildlands program to protect natural resources for endangered species and community members by limiting sprawl development. Her work includes campaigns on wildlife connectivity, water resources and destructive land-use policies. Before joining the Center, Elizabeth worked as a senior research and policy analyst at UCLA’s Sustainable LA Grand Challenge and was also a fellow with the Mayor of Los Angeles Sustainability Office. She holds a bachelor’s in environmental systems from the University of California, San Diego as well as a masters in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Contact: Los Angeles, CA, 831.428.3312, email Elizabeth

Mary K. Reinhart, Deputy Director of the Media Program

Mary K. Reinhart, Deputy Director of the Media Program, helps produce and coordinate the Center's media and communications work on public lands, including the borderlands. During a 25-year journalism career, she worked as a reporter, editor and columnist in Arizona and was cofounder of an online news service that covered state politics and policy. Before joining us she was communications director for a nonprofit behavioral-health organization. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Arizona State University.

Contact: Phoenix, AZ, 602.320.7309, email Mary K.

Twitter: @marykreinhart

Sophia Ressler, Staff  Attorney

Sophia Ressler, Staff Attorney, works to protect wolves, bears, orcas and other endangered or persecuted wildlife. Sophia attended Colgate University, where she majored in Spanish and geography, and Pace Law School, where she received a JD with a certificate in environmental law. Prior to joining the Center, she did Clean Water Act litigation as a staff attorney for Puget Soundkeeper and work under the Oil Pollution Act for the Deepwater Horizon case at Plauche & Carr LLP.

Contact: Seattle, WA, 206.399.4004, email Sophia

Theresa Rettinghouse, Paralegal

Theresa Rettinghouse, Paralegal, works in the Urban Wildlands program to preserve habitat for special-status species. She obtained her paralegal certificate from Cal State University East Bay and a bachelor’s degree in zoology at Sonoma State University. She also volunteers, helping the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conserve a California least tern colony in Alameda.

Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100 ext. 320, email Theresa

Linda Rico, Communications Associate

Linda Rico, Communications Associate, handles the social media, website and graphic design needs of the Population and Sustainability program. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in visual communications from Hawaii Pacific University, with a minor in international studies. Before joining the Center, she worked in the nonprofit sector doing digital media, marketing and communications work, as well as freelance multimedia consulting.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 304, email Linda

Mark Rifkin, Senior Food and Agriculture Policy Specialist

Mark Rifkin, Senior Food and Agriculture Policy Specialist, works in the Center's Population and Sustainability program to advance sustainable diets through policy and advocacy. He holds a master's degree in health education and is a registered dietitian, specializing in plant-based diets and their implications for sustainability, policy and health, as well as their practical applications. Before joining the Center, Mark worked on nutrition policy for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and provided nutrition counseling. He also spent 15 years working in local environmental health.

Contact: Baltimore, MD, email Mark

Michael Robinson, Senior Conservation Advocate

Michael Robinson, Senior 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

J.P. Rose, Urban Wildlands Policy Director and Senior Attorney

J.P. Rose, Urban Wildlands Policy Director and Senior Attorney, works in the Center's Urban Wildlands Program to safeguard habitat for endangered species by limiting sprawl development. His focus area includes protecting the Utom (Santa Clara) River and the species that reside in its watershed. 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. J.P. 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, 213.785.5406, email J.P.

Henry T. Rubin, Director of Legacy and Philanthropic Giving

Henry T. Rubin, Director of Legacy and Philanthropic Giving, works with Center members nationally to help them realize their charitable goals. He previously served as vice president for advancement at Touro University System, and before that as senior director of planned giving at Yeshiva University. He also practiced estate and philanthropic law at a prominent New York City law firm; was an adjunct professor of financial and estate planning; and is a national speaker on investment, financial and philanthropic planning. He graduated from the New York University School of Law.

Contact: New York City, NY, 914.960.4466, email hrubin

Jason Rylander, Climate Law Institute Legal Director

Jason Rylander, Climate Law Institute Legal Director, works with the Center's Climate Law Institute on litigation and policy initiatives to limit fossil fuels and advance a clean energy future. He previously served as senior endangered species counsel for Defenders of Wildlife, counsel for Community Rights Counsel, an associate at Perkins Coie, LLP, and as managing editor of the Land Letter. He received a bachelor's degree in government from Cornell University and a J.D. from the William & Mary School of Law.

Contact: Washington, DC, 202.744.2244, email Jason

Oceans Director, Senior Counsel

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.

Contact: Oakland, 510.844.7100 ext. 308, email Miyoko
Twitter: @endangeredocean

Tanya Sanerib, International Legal Director

Tanya Sanerib, International Legal Director, 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.

Contact: Seattle, WA, 206.379.7363, email Tanya
Twitter: @ts4biodiversity

Ric Santora, Senior Membership Associate

Ric Santora, Senior Membership Associate, provides support by answering emails, processing donations and helping with the Center's membership databases. Prior to joining the Center, Ric worked in the car-sharing industry in Portland, Oregon. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Boston University.

Contact: Tucson, Arizona, 520.623.5252 ext. 323, email Ric

Gabriela (Gaby) Sarri-Tobar, Energy Justice Campaigner

Gabriela (Gaby) Sarri-Tobar, Energy Justice Campaigner, works to advance a just and equitable transition to 100% clean, democratic and distributed energy across the country. Before joining the Energy Justice team at the Center, she worked with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network on a campaign that successfully passed clean energy legislation in Maryland. She worked as a legislative intern in Rep. Jamie Raskin’s congressional office and with Our Children’s Trust on the Juliana v. United States case, mobilizing members of Congress to support children’s fundamental rights and a climate recovery plan. She holds a bachelor’s in biology from Oberlin College.

Contact: Washington, DC, 240.462.5461, email Gaby
Twitter: @GabySarriTobar

Christina Scaringe, California Senior Legislative Specialist

Christina Scaringe, California Senior Legislative Specialist, works in the Climate Law Institute to address the climate and biodiversity crises, protect species, and eliminate fossil fuels. Before joining the Center, she served as general counsel for Animal Defenders International, supporting international wildlife rescues and advocating for protections against wildlife trade, trafficking and exploitation. Christina is a member of the Florida Bar and of the ABA International Animal Law Committee’s Climate and Rights of Nature Working Group.

Contact: Sacramento,CA,213.544.8791, email Christina

Todd Schulke, Senior Staff, Cofounder

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

Deeda Seed,  Public Lands Senior Campaigner

Deeda Seed, Public Lands Senior Campaigner, works with the Public Lands program. Before joining the Center, Deeda worked for 10 years for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, where she organized support for Utah’s redrock wilderness. Over her 30-year career as an activist and organizer in Utah she’s worked on a wide range of social-justice, civil-rights and environmental issues. She also served a four-year term on the Salt Lake City Council, and was chief of staff and communications director in the administration of Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson.

Contact: Salt Lake City, UT, 801.803.9892, email Deeda

Brian Segee, Endangered Species Legal Director, Senior Attorney

Brian Segee, Endangered Species Legal Director, Senior Attorney, supervises and litigates cases for the Center's Endangered Species program, securing protections for species and habitat under the Endangered Species Act and other laws. 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

Ryan Shannon, Staff Attorney

Ryan Shannon, Staff Attorney, works to defend the Endangered Species Act and endangered species from industry and Trump administration attacks. Before joining the Center in 2017, Ryan was a legal fellow with Earthrise Law Center at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Ore. He earned his law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School and received a bachelor's in politics and philosophy from University of California, Santa Cruz.

Contact: Portland, OR, 503.283.5474 ext.407, rshannon

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

Julie Teel Simmonds, Senior Attorney

Julie Teel Simmonds, Senior Attorney, works in the Center's Oceans Program to protect marine biodiversity and ecosystems. Julie received her law degree from New York University and her bachelor of science degree in conservation and resource studies (with a focus on marine ecology and pollution) from the University of California at Berkeley. Julie has also worked at the University of Colorado Law School, the Office of the San Diego City Attorney, Earthjustice’s Rocky Mountain Office, and the Environmental Law Institute.

Contact: Boulder, CO, 619.990.2999, email Julie

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, email Paula

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.

Contact: Washington, DC, 202.849.8401 ext. 107, email Bill
Twitter: @SnapeBison

Anna Sofia, Social Media Strategist

Anna Sofia, Social Media Strategist, works with the Center's Digital team to give the public timely and relevant program updates through the Center's social media platforms. Prior to joining the Center, Anna worked as the communications and advocacy manager for Sky Island Alliance, where she educated people about the incredibly biodiverse Sky Island region. Anna holds a master's in science writing from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor's in technical communication and professional writing from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn.

Contact: Bisbee, AZ, email Anna Sofia

Randi Spivak, Public Lands Program Director

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

Kylah  Staley, Legal Fellow

Kylah Staley, Legal Fellow, works in the Environmental Health Program and the Climate Law Institute. A Lawyers for America fellow, she graduated with a bachelor’s in political science from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and expects to receive her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Before joining the Center she interned for Rep. Jimmy Panetta and clerked at the Center for Food Safety, focusing on pesticides and industrial agriculture.

Contact: email Kylah

Mike Stark, Creative Director

Mike Stark, Creative Director, helps generate and guide the Center’s creative work on the Saving Life on Earth campaign as well as on other projects. 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

Chelsea Stewart-Fusek, Legal Fellow

Chelsea Stewart-Fusek, Legal Fellow, works to protect imperiled species and their habitats. She recently graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School where she earned a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and holds a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biologyfrom Humboldt State University. While in law school she clerked for Cascadia Wildlands and Earthrise Law Center, focusing on wildlife and public lands litigation in the Pacific Northwest.

Contact: Portland, OR, email Chelsea

Jodi Lynn Strait, Assistant Comptroller

Jodi Lynn Strait, Assistant Comptroller, works in the Center's financial department helping with monthly reconciliations of balance-sheet accounts, providing daily general ledger support in the form of compiling and uploading journal entries, as well as assisting Human Resources with the processing of payroll. She earned her bachelor's degree from Elmira College in New York, where she majored in accounting, holds a master's of business administration from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and holds a Fundamental Payroll Certification from the American Payroll Association.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 307, email Jodi

Tamara Strobel, Staff Scientist

Tamara Strobel, Staff Scientist, works in the Endangered Species Program to protect additional species under the Endangered Species Act. Tamara spent 9 years at the Center in development working with our Wild Uprising members and holds a master’s degree in applied entomology from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in education from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Before joining the Center, she worked for a local nonprofit in Western Massachusetts focusing on native plants, integrated pest management and environmental education.

Contact: Washington, DC, 202.731.4323, email Tamara

Jean Su, Energy Justice Program Director, Senior Attorney

Jean Su, Energy Justice Program Director, Senior Attorney, oversees and develops the Energy Justice program’s campaigns, dedicated to hastening the clean, democratic energy future so urgently needed to protect wildlife, communities and the climate. Jean also works to challenge wall construction in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and serves on the boards of Climate Action Network International and SustainUS. Before joining the Center, she worked as a renewable energy project finance attorney and in the climate change and international development fields in Africa and Asia. She’s an inaugural class member of the UC Irvine School of Law and holds a master's degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a bachelor's degree from Princeton University.

Contact: Washington, DC, 202.849.8401 ext. 101, email Jean
Twitter: @ajeansu

Kierán Suckling, Executive Directo

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.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 351, email Kieran
Twitter: @kieransuckling

Patrick Sullivan, Media Director, oversees the Center’s media relations work. Before 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

Ben Tidjani, Accountant

Ben Tidjani, Accountant, is responsible for accounts payable. He received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the Center, Ben worked as a recovery tech and a financial consultant.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, 520.623.5252 ext. 300, email Ben

Kendra Todd, Benefits Administrator

Kendra Todd, Benefits Administrator, supports the Center's human resources staff. Prior to joining us she worked as the human resources manager at Buffalo Exchange. Kendra is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social work at Arizona State University.

Contact: Tucson, AZ, email Kendra

Jason Totoiu, Senior Attorney

Jason Totoiu, Senior Attorney, works in the Center’s Southeast region protecting endangered species and public lands. He grew up along Florida’s Treasure Coast; he earned his bachelor’s degree from Emory and his law degree from Tulane. Before joining the Center he was executive director of the Everglades Law Center, where he worked to advance the restoration of America’s Everglades. He is a past co-chair of the Everglades Coalition.

Contact: Winter Haven, FL, email Jason

Margaret Townsend, Open Government Staff Attorney

Margaret Townsend, Staff Attorney, works in the Endangered Species Program protecting imperiled freshwater species and their habitats. Margaret spent five years as the Center’s open government attorney, specializing in transparency and Freedom of Information Act litigation. She holds a law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law — where she earned environmental and public-interest law certificates — and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Colorado. Before joining the Center she worked on wildlife and freshwater issues with numerous conservation organizations, including Cascadia Wildlands, the Western Environmental Law Center and WildEarth Guardians.

Contact: Portland, OR, 971.717.6409, email Margaret

Panagioti Tsolkas, Digital Communications Associate

Panagioti Tsolkas, Digital Communications Associate, helps write and edit Center action alerts, newsletters, social media content and more. Prior to joining the Center, he edited Prison Legal News and the Earth First! Journal and was a digital civic engagement program coordinator with Florida Immigrant Coalition. Panagioti has also been a community organizer focused on the intersection of environmental justice, ecology and mass incarceration. He is a high school dropout and lifelong unschooler.

Contact: Lake Worth, FL, email Panagioti

Jess Tyler, Staff Scientist

Jess Tyler, Staff Scientist, works in the Environmental Health Program. Before joining the Center he worked on community science projects related to urban pollinators, urban forest canopy and stream restoration, and has experience on conservation work crews and in agriculture. He holds a master's degree in environmental science from Portland State University.

Contact: Portland, OR, 406.366.4872, email Jess

Sarah Uhlemann, International Program Director, Senior Attorney

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

Robert Ukeiley, Senior Attorney

Robert Ukeiley, Senior Attorney, works with the Environmental Health Program fighting air pollution. He received his law degree from George Washington University School of Law. Before joining the Center he worked for various environmental nonprofits and had his own private public-interest environmental law firm.

Contact: Boulder, CO, 720.496.8568, email Robert

Liz VanDenzen, Digital Campaigns Manager

Liz VanDenzen, Digital Communications Manager, works for the Center’s Digital program. Prior to joining the Center, Liz worked as national field director at Alaska Wilderness League and before that in a variety of roles for the Endangered Species Coalition. She holds a bachelor’s degree in government and environmental studies from Lawrence University.

Contact: Santa Fe, NM, email Liz

Virginia Vu

Virginia Vu, Electronic Filing Clerk, works with all the Center’s programs to ensure government transparency by facilitating record requests to state and federal agencies. She holds a bachelor's degree in community development from Portland State University. 

Contact: Portland, OR, email Virginia

Dave Walsh, Land Trust Associate

Dave Walsh, Land Trust Associate, works with the Center to help identify opportunities for strategic land acquisitions as they relate to public lands and larger conservation goals. In the early 1990s, Dave served on the board of directors of EPIC and is currently a principle with Ancient Forest International. Dave has played a central role in several conservation land acquisitions in California and Ecuador. After studying forestry at Cal Poly Humboldt, Dave led efforts during the northern California Timber Wars, later instigating the purchase of all the industrial forestland separating Humboldt Redwoods State Park and the King Range Wilderness. Dave served for a decade as president of the Pañacocha Foundation in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Contact: Redway, CA, 707.362.0307, email Dave

Andrea Weber, Staff Engagement and Connectivity Director

Andrea Weber, Staff Engagement and Connectivity Director, approaches engagement and connectivity by listening to and centering staff voices while providing opportunities for staff to engage with and build a vibrant Center community. As a former theater professional, adjunct professor and senior paralegal — and the long-time office manager for the Center’s Oakland office — Andrea brings a broad range of skills and experiences to this position.

Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100 ext. 311, email Andrea

Amaroq Weiss, Senior Wolf Advocate

Amaroq Weiss, Senior Wolf Advocate, works with the Center’s Carnivore Conservation program. She handles wolf issues on the West Coast, other regions and on the federal front. Amaroq has worked in wolf conservation for decades and was a stakeholder representative in the two separate state processes to draft wolf conservation and management plans in Oregon and California.  She 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: San Francisco, CA, 707.779.9613, email Amaroq

Heather Whitehead, Digital Director

Heather Whitehead, Digital Director, leads the Center's Digital team. Prior to joining the Center, she was the digital director at Greenpeace USA and the digital engagement and advocacy director at Center for Food Safety, among other roles. She holds a master’s in public policy from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s in sociology with a minor in political science.

Contact: Richmond, CA, email Heather

Ragan Whitlock, Staff Attorney

Ragan Whitlock, Staff Attorney, works on protections for Florida’s endangered species and wild places. A Georgia native, Ragan holds a law degree and certificate of concentration in environmental law from Stetson University College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in professional writing from Western Carolina University. Before joining the Center’s Florida program, he served as a staff attorney in Florida’s 6th Judicial Circuit, and prior to that was an editor and feature writer for several outdoor magazines.

Contact: St. Petersburg, FL, 727.426.3653, email Ragan

Augusta Wilson, Senior Attorney

Augusta Wilson, Senior Attorney, works with the Center’s Energy Justice program, where she uses administrative law and litigation tools to promote a rapid and just transition to clean energy. Before joining the Center, she worked as an advocate on energy and environmental issues for eight years, including with the Clean Air Council; New York University’s Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy, and Land Use Law; and the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund. She also served as a law clerk to the Hon. William P. Johnson in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University and a JD from Cornell Law School.

Contact: Washington, DC, email Augusta

Shaye Wolf

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

Lila Woloshin, Paralegal

Lila Woloshin, Paralegal, works in the Endangered Species Program and provides auxiliary support to the Center’s Open Government team. Before joining us she worked primarily as an administrative paralegal and office manager for family law and bankruptcy firms. Lila holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Lewis & Clark College and wrote her thesis on the medieval practice of criminally prosecuting domestic animals.

Contact: Portland, OR, 503.283.5474 ext. 426, email Lila

Tiffany Yap, Senior Scientist and Wildlife Corridor Advocate

Tiffany Yap, Senior Scientist and Wildlife Corridor Advocate, works with the Urban Wildlands program to protect biodiversity and environmental health at the interface between humans and the natural environment. Before joining the Center she was a scientific researcher investigating global patterns of amphibian disease and the impacts of wildlife trade. She also worked as a field biologist, focusing mainly on amphibians, marine intertidal habitats and fisheries. She holds a bachelor’s in biology from UC Berkeley as well as a master’s in environmental health science and a doctorate in environmental science and engineering from UCLA.

Contact: Oakland, CA, 510.844.7100 ext. 339, email Tiffany

Andrea Zaccardi, Carnivore Conservation Legal Director, Senior Attorney

Andrea Zaccardi, Carnivore Conservation Legal Director, Senior Attorney, works in the Center's Carnivore Conservation 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

Ted Zukoski, Senior Attorney, Public Lands Program

Ted Zukoski, Senior Attorney, works on public-lands issues, including the protection of roadless forests. Prior to joining the Center in 2019, Ted worked for 15 years as a staff attorney in Earthjustice’s Denver office, where he litigated cases concerning attacks on wildlands and national parks from road construction, mining and development. Before that he served as a public-lands attorney at Land and Water Fund of the Rockies (now Western Resource Advocates) in Boulder, Colorado. Ted is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School and a member of the board of directors of Wilderness Workshop.

Contact: Denver, CO, 303.641.3149, email Ted
Twitter: @TedZukoski

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