Bozeman, MT – Dotty Ballantyne lives in Bozeman, Montana, and spends winters in Key West, Florida. She has been involved in local, regional, and national conservation organizations as well as education (the University of Wisconsin School of Business Advisory Board and the Montana State University College of Business Board) and social service organizations. Most recently she served on the board of American Rivers and is currently on the board of the Gallatin Valley Land Trust in Bozeman. She had a career in the financial services sector and, after retirement, did some international consulting in England, Australia, and Lithuania. She has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.
San Francisco, CA – Susan Britton practiced commercial and antitrust litigation with Dewey Ballantine and later joined Earthjustice, where she focused on federal Clean Air Act litigation until 2005. She now divides her time between her two sons and various community organizations in the Bay Area. Ms. Britton received her J.D. from Columbia Law School.
Oakland, CA – Peter Carson is a San Francisco-based partner of the Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton LLP law firm. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and an officer of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, and has served the American Bar Association and the State Bar of California in various leadership capacities. He has served on the ABA's standing pro bono committee and working group on the civil right to counsel, on the board of several legal aid programs and as chair of the State of California's IOLTA program (providing critical funding for legal services throughout the state). He received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
San Francisco, CA – David Cox is the retired CEO of Cowles Media Company in Minneapolis. He is a past chair of Earthjustice and currently serves on the boards of the San Francisco Ballet and the Berkeley Repertory Theater. He is a lifetime member and past chairman of the Guthrie Theater board, past chair of the Newspaper Association of America and the Twin Cities United Way, and has served on the boards of trustees of The Nature Conservancy (Minnesota), the Alan Page Foundation and Link TV.
Treasurer & Vice Chair Finance
San Francisco, CA – Steve Daetz is executive vice president of the Sandler Foundation, where he oversees the foundation's grant-making, investments and other functions. He previously was deputy general counsel at Golden West Financial Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, advising the Board and senior management on corporate and securities matters, regulatory compliance, and governance and public policy issues. A Bay Area native, Mr. Daetz attended Berkeley Law, the London School of Economics and UCLA.
Seattle, WA – Russ Daggatt is a general partner of Denny Hill Capital, a Seattle-based early-stage venture fund. He worked with cellular pioneer Craig McCaw in various roles in Seattle and London, including serving as president and vice chair of Teledesic LLC, CEO of New ICO Global Communications Ltd., and CEO and vice chair of ICO-Teledesic Global Ltd. Drawing on his experience as a mountain-climbing and river-rafting guide, Mr. Daggatt earlier led the merger of the top two U.S. international adventure travel companies, Mountain Travel and Sobek Expeditions.
Portland, OR – Tony DeFalco is a community organizer for Verde, a non-profit dedicated to serving low-income communities by building environmental wealth through social enterprise, outreach and advocacy. Prior roles include creating Indian Country Conservancy, the nation's first native-led, national land conservation organization, running regional and national advocacy campaigns to protect ocean fisheries and small boat fishermen and helping to found the Center for Diversity and the Environment. He holds a B.A. in Ethnic studies from UC Berkeley, an MS in Natural Resources Planning from Humboldt State University and is an active social justice advocate and birdwatcher.
N. Bruce Duthu
White River Junction, VT – N. Bruce Duthu is the Samson Occom Professor and Chair of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. He is the author of Shadow Nations: Tribal Sovereignty and the Limits of Legal Pluralism (Oxford University Press 2013) and American Indians and the Law (Viking/Penguin Press 2008). Duthu previously served as Professor of Law at Vermont Law School and as the inaugural director of the VLS-Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou, China) Partnership in Environmental Law. He has a B.A. in Religion and Native American Studies from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, LA.
Seattle, WA – Carmen Gonzalez is a Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law, where she teaches environmental law, torts, international environmental law, hazardous waste and toxics regulation, and international trade law. She has published widely in the areas of international environmental law, environmental justice, trade and the environment, and food security. In 2011–12, she served as chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Durango, CO – Chris Killingsworth is Vice President of the Wyss Foundation. Before joining the Foundation in 2002, Chris worked for the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. and the Bureau of Land Management in Utah. Chris holds a B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Florida and a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University.
Jackson Hole, WY – Marcia Kunstel is a former foreign correspondent who co-authored with her husband books on Soviet espionage and the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Since leaving journalism, the couple renovated and has operated a remote mountain dude ranch as an eco-tourist destination in Jackson Hole. A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, she is an environmental advocate, serving on the governing council of The Wilderness Society and as past chair of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition and the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance.
Philadelphia, PA – George Martin is the founding partner of Martin Law LLC and was the first workers’ comp attorney to be president of the Phila. Trial Lawyers Assoc. He was appointed by the NFLPA and PHPA as a workers’ comp panel attorney and is among the first attorneys to become certified specialists in PA Workers’ Comp by the PA Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Comp Law as authorized by the PA Supreme Court. He’s the Chair of the Planning Commission of West Vincent Township and the founder of the George and Miriam Martin Foundation which focuses on river and watershed conservation.
San Francisco, CA – Judge William Newsom is a retired associate justice of the California Court of Appeal who devotes extensive time to environmental causes, especially the protection of wildlife, in the United States, Canada and Africa.
Los Angeles, CA – Andrew is a television writer and producer. His credits include the executive production of the highly successful television series Friends. He is a founding member of the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Aspen, CO – Will is the Conservation Director at the Wilderness Workshop, a place based advocacy and conservation organization based in Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley. There he works to designate wilderness, protect public lands from development and over-use, and collaborate with local and state-wide organizations on land conservation. Will has a masters in Geography and Environmental Studies and in addition to Earthjustice serves on the boards of the 444S foundation and Ecojustice.
San Francisco, CA – Betty Schafer is a writer, editor and the Principal of New Futures: coaching for people in transition. In addition to Earthjustice, she serves on the boards of Brandeis Hillel Day School, The Coro Center for Civic Leadership, and SEO Scholars (Sponsors for Educational Opportunity). She graduated from Radcliffe, has a Master's Degree in English Literature and Coaching certification from New Ventures West.
Kensington, MD – Fern Shepard currently works as Senior Officer, International Lands Conservation at the Pew Charitable Trusts. From 1986 to 1997, she was a staff attorney with Earthjustice in our Alaska, Rocky Mountain, and Washington, D.C. offices. Ms. Shepard litigated cases to protect children from the toxin lead in drinking water, farm workers from dangerous pesticides, and African American communities from highway construction in neighboring parklands. Her cases also stopped oil and gas drilling adjacent to Arches National Park and leasing in grizzly bear habitat adjacent to Yellowstone National Park.
Patrice Lumumba Simms
Vice Chair At Large
Washington, D.C. – Patrice Simms is currently an Assistant Professor at Howard University School of Law. From February 2010 until August 2011, Professor Simms served in a political appointment with the Obama administration as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and over the course of his career he has served as a staff attorney in the EPA's Office of General Counsel (Air and Radiation Law Office), as a legal counsel to EPA's Environmental Appeals Board, and as a Senior Attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council. He received his J.D. from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C., and a B.S. in Psychology from Northeastern University in Boston, M.A.
Michael W. Sonnenfeldt
New York, NY – Michael Sonnenfeldt is currently Chairman of Sol, Inc., the leading manufacturer of industrial and commercial outdoor solar lighting systems which are sold in over 60 countries. He has spent most of the first 20 years of his career in real estate. He conceived and eventually sold (along with a partner) the country's largest commercial renovation, the Harborside Financial Center, in the early 80's and then later built a billion dollar portfolio of distressed real estate assets which were successfully redeployed as the markets retuned to more normal levels in the early 90's. Mr. Sonnenfeldt is also the Founder of Tiger 21, the premier network of learning groups for high net worth investors with over 200 members spread across North America.
Vice Chair Development
Scarsdale, NY – Dianne Stern is a teacher, writer and lifelong conservationist. She has served on the Earthjustice Board for over 15 years.
San Francisco, CA – Elizabeth Sutherland has been committed to the environmental movement since the late 1960s and is currently on the Board of Earthjustice and Rachel's Action Network. Formerly an educator and fundraiser, she was on the Power of Choice Council of NARAL for 12 years. She received her B.A. from UCLA and completed graduate school in education at UC Berkeley.
New York, NY – Kevin Toner was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1964 and graduated from Columbia University in 1986 with a B.A. in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude. In 1997 he, with two partners, founded Aristeia Capital which invests in alternative strategies for U.S. and offshore individuals and institutions. In 1994, Mr. Toner endowed The Isdell Foundation which currently has substantial programs supporting environmental programs and also Tibetan self-determination.
Santa Clara, CA – Tseming Yang is a Professor of Law and the Faculty Director of Graduate Legal Programs at Santa Clara University School of Law. Before joining Santa Clara University School of Law, Professor Yang served as Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to his EPA appointment, Professor Yang was a tenured member of the Vermont Law School faculty and also taught law at the University of Pittsburgh, Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, and Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. From 2007 to 2010, he led the establishment of the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law, a U.S. AID and State Department-funded initiative to build China’s institutional capacity in environmental law and governance.
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