Title: Staff Attorney
I was born in a small mining town in northern Canada called Flin Flon where pollution from local zinc and copper mines was an inescapable part of our daily lives. When the wind from the smelter blew in the direction of our home, the plants in our little backyard garden would literally wither and die. To this day, the ring of dead trees surrounding the town symbolize the environmental legacy of the mining industry. These childhood experiences made me acutely aware of the environmental and human health impacts of industrial pollution, but it was during my college years that I began to understand the socioeconomic factors that make some people more vulnerable than others. It was this introduction to environmental justice that inspired me to go to law school and to eventually join the movement.
I joined Earthjustice in February 2010 to work on coal issues and combat some of the same destructive pollution that affected my hometown. I’m proud to work on a truly progressive environmental agenda with such a highly talented group of people everyday.