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 – 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.
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 – Aja DeCoteau is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation and has tribal lineage with the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. She has 19 years of experience working on natural resource management and policy issues in the Pacific Northwest, and currently serves as the Watershed Department Manager for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) where she coordinates fisheries restoration and watershed protection activities on behalf of the Columbia River Treaty tribes. She also serves on the boards of the Oregon Environmental Council and the Columbia Land Trust. Aja received her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Native American Studies from Dartmouth College, and holds an M. E. M. from Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
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.
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.
Katonah, NY – Diane Lewis, MD, is founder of the nonprofit organization The Great Healthy Yard Project. Her book, The Great Healthy Yard Project won the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards silver medal for Home and Garden Books. Lewis also received the 2015 Advocate Award from Environmental Advocates of New York, the 2016 Environmental Champion Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for The Great Healthy Yard Project, and in May 2016 the Zone III Conservation Award from The Garden Club of America. Lewis has written opinion pieces about health and the environment for major newspapers. She serves on the board of Audubon New York, and is a member of the Bedford Garden Club, the Town of Bedford Planning Board, and the Town of Bedford Open Space Acquisition Committee.
Bozeman, MT – Ed Lewis has been a consultant for the conservation community and environmental grantmakers since 1994. Prior to that he served as Executive Director of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition (1986–1994), and practiced law in Arizona with the Phoenix firm of Lewis and Roca (1969–1986). He currently also serves on the boards of National Parks Conservation Association, Training Resources for the Environmental Community and LaSalle Adams Fund.
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
Los Altos Hills, CA – Paul Newhagen is a co-founder, former CFO and board member of Altera Corporation, a semiconductor manufacturing company. He was a board member for the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) for 14 years, and currently serves on the Board of the Northern Sierra Partnership, as well as board committees for POST and the Pacific Crest Trail Association. He has a BS in engineering from the University of Illinois, and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Denver, CO and New York, NY – Lori Potter is a public lands lawyer who represents conservation landowners and local governments with a conservation agenda. She has been a public lands advocate for more than 30 years, including a decade as the managing attorney of Earthjustice’s Rocky Mountain Office. Lori has served on the boards of Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and Conservation Colorado. She has a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Illinois, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
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 is the president of Rachel's Network. From 2011 to 2016, she served as a senior officer managing international land conservation programs 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 toxic 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.
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.
Wilson, WY – Steve Unfried was an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston from 1969 to 1999, mostly based in New York but including 6 years in London. He is actively involved in conservation issues in the Northern Rockies, having served from 1998 to 2006 on the board of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, including two years as chair, and also from 2005 to 2010 on the board of the William D. Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming. He has a B.A. in economics from Princeton and an M.A. in economics and an LL.B. from Yale.
Bedford Hills, NY – Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Leslie Williams came to the United States to attend Wellesley College in 1977. After graduating from Wellesley in 1981 and Harvard Law School in 1984, she practiced law for a number of years. She retired from the field of law to raise her daughter, and has been involved in entrepreneurial and nonprofit activities ever since.
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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