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The Earthjustice Council

Members of the Earthjustice Council support our work by lending their time, resources, and expertise in support of our strategic goals.

Jim Angell

Cherry Hills Village, CO – Jim is a board member of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation and director of the foundation’s environmental program. His work at the foundation focuses primarily on supporting efforts to protect and conserve the world’s ocean habitats, coral reefs, and apex predators whose survival is imperiled by overfishing and global climate change. Prior to joining the foundation, Jim worked as an attorney for Earthjustice for nearly two decades.

Matt Aselton

Brooklyn, NY – Matt is a filmmaker, director of television commercials, and co-owner of Arts & Sciences, a Los Angeles-based production company. He is known for his work on high profile ad campaigns for clients like Google, Hulu, Brand Jordan, Delta Airlines, Fox Sports, and the National Basketball Association.

Tom Barron

Boulder, CO – Tom is an author, outdoorsman, conservationist, and avid environmentalist. His books include The Lost Years of Merlin, The Great Tree of Avalon (a New York Times best-selling series), The Ancient One, and The Hero’s Trail. He formally served on the Princeton University Board of Trustees and is a Governing Council member of the Wilderness Society.

Ryan Bennett

Kentfield, CA – Ryan is a founder and managing partner of 38 Degrees North, a private equity firm investing in renewable energy projects. He has an extensive history in renewables including principal investing, project development, M&A, and project finance. Ryan has a BA in geology from Colorado College and an MBA and MEM from Yale University, and lives in California with his wife Jessica Hollman and their two children.

Marcelo Bonta

Portland, OR – Marcelo is a principal in The Raben Group’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practice. He has almost two decades of experience facilitating individual, organizational, and systemic DEI change processes through process consulting, coaching, advising, trainings, leadership development programs, organizational strategies, insightful and groundbreaking articles, and keynote talks.

Scott Borden

San Diego, CA – Scott has supported Earthjustice since after college and is a member of its Justice Partners and Evergreen Council. As a fourth-generation Californian who spent the bulk of his career in the travel business, Scott founded one of the largest travel agency groups in San Diego before transitioning to a family-owned and -operated avocado farm in the early 2000s. His most recent endeavor is Uptown Tavern, a popular bar and restaurant in the vibrant Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego.

Travis Bryan

Seattle, WA – Travis is president and COO of OneEnergy Renewables where he specializes in the development and financing of large-scale clean power projects in the U.S. He previously served as a director at BlackRock and has extensive experience working for large, global alternative asset management firms in Seattle and London.

Chris Bunting

Bozeman, MT – Chris is a social entrepreneur who is especially committed to preserving the ecosystems and wildlife habitat in the U.S. Northern Rockies. In 2001, along with his wife Rebekah, he co-founded the non-profit hatha yoga Beyond Boundaries Institute. Chris also co-founded and directs the Northern Kenya Fund which provides scholarships to underserved high school students in the Kenya’s Chalbi Desert region.

Christopher Chee

Los Angeles, CA – Christopher is a managing partner of Redcar Properties, an LA-based real estate investment firm specializing in the adaptive reuse of properties. He was previously a managing director in the real estate group at Blackstone where he spent approximately 13 years sourcing and executing real estate debt and equity investments. Christopher serves as a trustee of the Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences and on the board of the Los Angeles Waterkeeper.

Adam Cohen

Co-Chair
New York, NY – Adam Cohen is co-founder and CEO of Ranger Power. With over a decade of experience in the renewable energy sector concentrated on the development, construction, and operation of clean energy projects, he has successfully developed over 3,000 MW of energy projects. Prior to forming Ranger, Adam was a founding team member and Vice President of Pioneer Green Energy.

David Feldman

New York, NY – David Feldman is a senior financial analyst for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, helping the organization plan and carry out a wide range of analytical research related to financial, policy, and market developments in the solar industry.

Leslie Gimbel

New York, NY – Leslie is the president and CEO of the Bernard F. & Alva B. Gimbel Foundation. She serves on the boards of CASES, a New York City nonprofit that provides innovative alternative to incarceration services, and of Human Rights First.

Liberty Godshall

Santa Monica, CA & Crested Butte, CO – Liberty was a writer and producer of ‘thirtysomething,’ My So Called Life and Nashville. She co-founded Americans for a Safe Future which was created to successfully stop a proposed nuclear waste dump in Ward Valley, CA. Currently, Liberty is a founding member of The Rocky Mountain Wolf Project.

Dave Goetsch

Los Angeles, CA – Dave is a television writer and producer known for his work on The Big Bang Theory and 3rd Rock from the Sun. He is also a part-time lecturer in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He has a degree in environmental studies from Yale University.

K.D. Hallman

Bellevue, WA – K.D. is an accredited investor with E8 and Alliance of Angels, a strategic advisor and board member for environmental startups, and a Northwest Conservation fellow. She is also on the Conservation Committee for The Nature Conservancy. K.D. is a retired Microsoft executive and technical strategist.

Connie Harvey

Aspen, CO – Connie is a lifelong conservationist with environmental accomplishments that include protecting more than 400,000 acres as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System and starting the Aspen Wilderness Workshop and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board. She was a columnist for the Aspen Daily News for more than a decade, served on various foundation boards, has won numerous awards and is known as a wilderness hero.

Kerry Hoffman

Lincoln, MA – Kerry is a conservationist who is primarily interested in clean energy and public lands. She worked as a trial lawyer for the Department of Justice, handling criminal antitrust cases for ten years. She now focuses her volunteer and philanthropic efforts in support of educational institutions and the environment.

Yuki Ishizuka

Seattle, WA – Yuki is a principal in Amazon’s Devices & Digital Services group where he drives strategic partnerships and product development. Yuki has an extensive history with Earthjustice that includes work as a paralegal in the Denver office of the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund (SCLDF) after college; a brief legal internship in the Seattle SCLDF after law school; and a position as an associate attorney in Seattle from 1996 to 1998. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and of Cornell Law School.

Blair Johnson

Columbine Valley, CO – Blair is a former newspaper reporter who also worked as a communications executive at US WEST, Janus Capital Group, and the National Wildlife Federation. He was a board member of Greater Yellowstone Coalition, the longtime board president of Colorado Environmental Coalition, and co-founded Conservation Colorado. He also served as a forestry specialist for the U.S. Senate’s Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee during the spotted owl/old-growth forest debate.

Gina Kim

Brooklyn, NY – Gina is co-executive producer of the public affairs news hour called Amanpour and Company on PBS. She has also produced for Women in the World/Tina Brown Live Media, GRITtv with Laura Flanders, NOW with Bill Moyers, Donahue on MSNBC, and The Awful Truth with filmmaker Michael Moore, among others. Prior to her career in television, Gina directed campaigns on climate change and tort reform for the New York Public Interest Research Group.

Eric Kuhn

New York, NY – Eric is a media and technology entrepreneur. He has worked with some of the world’s largest companies, brands, and personalities on digital strategy, innovation, and social media including the National Basketball Association, CNN, United Talent Agency and Layer3 TV. Eric is the head of innovative partnerships at T-Mobile and previously served as co-chair of the Earthjustice Council.

Sara Lamm

Brooklyn, NY – Sara is a documentary filmmaker, whose first film, Dr. Bonner’s Magic Soapbox, premiered as part of the Sundance Channel’s environmental programming initiative, “The Green.” She has served on the Multicultural Leadership Team of the Oaks Elementary School in Los Angeles, and is an Insight-LA trained mindfulness facilitator.

Christine Lennon

Los Angeles, CA – Christine is a freelance writer and editor living in Los Angeles with her husband, Earthjustice Trustee Andrew Reich, and their twins. She is a contributor to national magazines and newspapers, including Vogue, Elle, GQ, Travel & Leisure, New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, and Harper’s Bazaar.

Frank Lesher

Hanover, NH – Frank is a longtime supporter of Earthjustice, originally via the Aspenwood Supporting Foundation of Sandpoint, Idaho, and as a founding member of the Council. He is the retired EVP and General Counsel of Sony Corporation of America, where he originated the company’s first environmental compliance program, later implemented worldwide. Frank currently is an active volunteer at Dartmouth College and consultant to family foundations.

Elizabeth McCormack

New York, NY – Elizabeth’s career includes serving as president of Manhattanville College and as philanthropic adviser to members of the Rockefeller family. She has also served on the boards of Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Asian Cultural Council, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Atlantic Philanthropies. Elizabeth is currently an adviser to Rockefeller Family & Associates.

Anne B. Mize

Seattle, WA – Anne is President of the Mize Family Foundation which focuses on the impacts of climate change on human and wildlife communities, and global educational initiatives. She has worked as a consultant with community groups in Africa, foundations, and nonprofit agencies and has served on the boards of the African Wildlife Foundation, FINCA International, Progressive Animal Welfare Society, and Wildlife Media.

Arthur Morey

Ballwin, MO – Art was the founder and CEO of a St. Louis-area restaurant chain in which he maintained an interest until 2007. Exposure to the waste in that business led him to start a successful recycling company that converted used plastic to lumber. Art was a childhood friend of Earthjustice co-founder Fred Fisher.

Heather O’Neill

San Francisco, CA – Heather is president of Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), which is a national association of business leaders who are making the global energy system more secure, clean, and affordable. Before joining AEE, Heather built and led the clean energy and environment portfolio at the Robertson Foundation, a $1B family philanthropy. She serves on the governing board of the Climate Action Reserve.

Brad Parker

Seattle, WA – Brad is managing general partner of WeHope, LLC. After several years working in finance, including at Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, and Vanguard, he obtained his MBA from the University of Washington in 2006. Brad is a volunteer for a number of conservation organizations, and served on the board of Earthjustice from 2008 to 2014.

Brady Piñero Walkinshaw

Seattle, WA – Brady is the CEO of Grist, a Seattle-based online magazine focusing on environmental news. Brady spent several years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and served two terms in the Washington State Legislature, representing central Seattle on issues such as affordable housing, criminal justice reform, better transit, and environmental action.

Dale “Chip” Rosenbloom

Los Angeles, CA – Chip is a producer, screenwriter, and director. With his independent production companies he has directed and produced feature and documentary films as well as the Shiloh film trilogy. His stage production of Radio Golf was nominated for a Tony Award for best play in 2007.

Kathleen Rosenbloom

Los Angeles, CA – Kathleen is a clothing designer and has worked as a producer and production manager in the film industry. She is on the advisory board of Urban Farming, as is her husband, Council member Chip Rosenbloom.

Dan Sarles

Boston, MA – Dan is the Executive Director for The Eaglemere Foundation, stewarding all aspects of foundation operations. Eaglemere’s primary mission is environmental protection with a secondary commitment to global health and development, supporting organizations that are pragmatic, collaborative, and science-driven. Conserving watersheds, preserving intact ecosystems, preventing deforestation, and fighting environmental injustice are areas of programmatic concern; Alaska, Colorado, Greater Yellowstone, New England, and Latin America are areas of geographic focus.

Betty Schafer

San Francisco, CA – Betty is a writer, editor and the principal of New Futures: coaching for people in transition. Betty previously served on the Earthjustice Board of Trustees. In addition, her volunteer leadership activity includes service with Brandeis Hillel Day School, The Coro Center for Civic Leadership, and SEO Scholars (Sponsors for Educational Opportunity).

Bruce Tall

Carlsbad, CA – Bruce is the principal at Media Services Advertising Worldwide. Bruce originated the idea, and he has produced and placed backlit ads featuring Earthjustice in airports and bus shelters around the country.

Michael Traynor

Berkeley, CA – Michael Traynor and his wife, Shirley Traynor, a retired clinical psychologist, live in Berkeley where he is Senior Counsel at Cobalt LLP. Michael is president emeritus of the American Law Institute, an Honorary Lifetime Trustee of Earthjustice and of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts &‎ Sciences and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and has served on the boards Ecojustice and the Environmental Law Institute.

Julia Verville

West Lafayette, IN – Julia is the program director for the Tilia Fund where she manages grant programs that support efforts to advance clean energy and protect forests and species. Before becoming involved in philanthropy, she worked as an ecologist with a focus on climate change impacts on natural ecosystems.

Cynthia Wayburn

Chair
Bellevue, WA – Cynthia is the chair of the Earthjustice Council. She was on the original staff of Earthjustice and served on its board of trustees for more than 25 years. She is a founder and board member of the 444S Foundation and is especially interested in western public lands and wildlife.

Ellen Widess

Berkeley, CA – Ellen is an environmental lawyer, former regulator and professor, and public policy and social justice advocate. Long concerned with toxic exposures to children, workers, and communities, Ellen founded and directed Lead Safe California, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing childhood lead poisoning and preserving affordable housing in California. She is currently on the board of Farmworker Justice, Equal Rights Advocates, and the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley Law School.

Joel Wiginton

Washington, DC – Joel is Vice President, Global Government Affairs, for Cognizant, a New Jersey-based Fortune 200 IT services and consulting company with over 250,000 employees. In this role, Joel oversees the company’s public policy and political engagement worldwide. Joel is a graduate of Macalester College and the University of Chicago School of Law.

For inquiries about the Earthjustice Council

Contact our council management team at earthjusticecouncil@earthjustice.org