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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

Denver, 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

Los Angeles, CA – Matt is a filmmaker, director of television commercials, and co-owner of Arts & Sciences, a Los Angeles-based production company. His “Cubs Win” spot for Playstation has garnered over 2,800,000 YouTube hits. His 2008 feature film, Gigantic, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Tom Barron

Boulder, CO – Tom is an author 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 serves on the Princeton University board of trustees and the Governing Council of the Wilderness Society.

Ryan Bennett

Kentfield, CA – Ryan is a founder and managing partner of 38 Degrees North, a private equity firm. Previously, he led project finance and capital formation for SunEdison’s North American region. At SunEdison, Ryan oversaw the formation of more than $3 billion of project financings. Prior to SunEdison, Ryan served in various operating and private equity positions with Enron Wind, GE Wind, Greenrock Capital, and EPS Corp. Ryan has an extensive history in renewables including utility scale and commercial/industrial project development, market design and policy matters, capital market formation, M&A and business partnerships, tax equity, project finance, and private equity. Ryan has a BA in geology from Colorado College and an MBA and MEM from Yale University. He lives in Kentfield, California, with his wife, Jessica Hollman, and their two young children.

Marcelo Bonta

Portland, OR

Scott Borden

San Diego, CA – A fourth-generation Californian and longtime Earthjustice supporter, Scott's business enterprises include Borden Ranches, a family-owned and operated avocado farm, and 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 teaches yoga and, with his wife, co-directs the studio Bikram’s Yoga Bozeman. He is especially committed to preserving the ecosystems and wildlife habitat in the U.S. Northern Rockies and serves on the board of the conservation organization American Wildlands.

Christopher Chee

Los Angeles, CA – Christopher is a Managing Partner of Redcar Properties, which is 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 received his BA in Intellectual History from the University of Pennsylvania. Christopher also serves as a trustee of the Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences and on the board of the Los Angeles Waterkeeper.

Adam Cohen

New York, NY – Adam is a co-founder and the President of Ranger Power. Adam has over 11 years of experience in the renewable energy sector concentrated on the development, construction, and operation of clean energy projects and has successfully developed over 3,000 MW of energy projects. Previously, Adam served as the founder and President of Ranger Solar and Ranger Energy (part of the Ranger Group), which developed and sold over 1,400 MWs of utility scale solar projects in the New England and Mid-Atlantic energy markets. Prior to forming Ranger, Adam was a founding team member and Vice President of Pioneer Green Energy. Adam is a graduate of Northwestern University and lives in New York City with his wife.

David Feldman

Washington, D.C. – David Feldman is a Senior Financial Analyst for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), 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 of the Bernard F. & Alva B. Gimbel Foundation. She serves on the board of Human Rights First and chairs the board of CASES, a New York nonprofit that provides support and oversight to help people with criminal records lead more productive lives.

Liberty Godshall

Santa Monica, CA & Crested Butte, CO – Liberty is an environmentalist, activist, and writer. Her environmental concerns range from protecting people from harmful pollution to safeguarding wildlife and wildlife habitat. She is currently a board member of Defenders of Wildlife.

Dave Goetsch

Los Angeles, CA – Dave is a television writer and producer known for his work on the shows 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.

Connie Harvey

Aspen, CO – Connie is Vice President of the New-Land Foundation, a trustee of the Maki Foundation, and a columnist for the Aspen Daily News. In 1967, with two close friends, she in founded the Aspen Wilderness Workshop (now simply the Wilderness Workshop), considered a model for wilderness advocacy organizations.

Kerry Hoffman

Lincoln, MA – Kerry is a conservationist, primarily interested in clean energy and public lands. She worked as a trial lawyer for the Department of Justice, handling criminal antitrust cases for 10 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. Previously, Yuki was a Director of Business Development at Microsoft in the Windows and Online Services groups. Yuki has a long history with Earthjustice. After college he was a paralegal in the Denver office of SCLDF; after graduating from Cornell Law School (magna cum laude; editor-in-chief of Cornell Law Review) he interned briefly in the Seattle SCLDF office before serving a clerkship with the Hon. Pierre N. Leval on the 2nd Circuit in New York. Yuki returned to the Seattle office after his clerkship and worked as an associate attorney from 1996–1998.

Blair Johnson

Columbine Valley, CO – A recovering newspaper reporter, Blair spent 26 years as a communications executive at US WEST and Janus Capital Group, where he was a Senior Vice President and management committee member. Before retiring in 2011, he worked on public lands issues for two years with the National Wildlife Federation. During college, he interned with David Brower at Friends of the Earth in San Francisco, and studied prescribed burning at Point Reyes National Seashore. A longtime board president of Colorado Environmental Coalition (CEC), Blair led the merger of CEC and Colorado Conservation Voters, which became Conservation Colorado in 2013. He also served on the Greater Yellowstone Coalition board of directors, and as a forestry specialist for the U.S. Senate’s Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee during the spotted owl/old-growth forest debate. He earned a bachelor’s degree in History and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College and an MBA from the University of Denver.

Gina Kim

Brooklyn, NY – Gina is the senior supervising producer for Women in the World/Tina Brown Live Media. She is an Emmy-nominated producer, most recently for the television news show Moyers & Company. Gina has also produced for 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 (NYPIRG).

Eric Kuhn

New York, NY – Eric is Co-Chair of the Council with Cynthia Wayburn and runs marketing and business development for Layer3 TV, a next generation cable provider spearheading a new era of home media, combining the best of television, social, and digital life. Prior to joining the startup, Eric ran social media for United Talent Agency where he represented writers, directors, actors, and producers on investments, digital strategy, and social media. Prior to joining UTA, Eric was CNN’s first-ever Audience Interaction Producer. He also helped launch the National Basketball Association and CBS News on social media.

Sara Lamm

Los Angeles, CA – Sara is a documentary filmmaker whose 2007 film, Dr. Bonner’s Magic Soapbox, premiered as part of the Sundance Channel’s environmental programming initiative, “The Green.” Her most recent film, Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives, is about a group of women who in the 1970s taught each other how to deliver each other’s babies and went on to lead the natural birth movement.

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 formerly served on the board of the Aspenwood Foundation, a strong supporter of Earthjustice’s work. Until 2004 he was General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Sony Electronics. Now retired, he serves on the board of the clothing retailer Coldwater Creek.

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. She 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 friend from childhood of Earthjustice co-founder Fred Fisher.

Heather O’Neill

San Francisco, CA – Heather is Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at Advanced Energy Economy, the business voice of advanced energy. She serves on the board of the Climate Action Reserve. She previously was a program officer at the Robertson Foundation, leading the foundation's environment portfolio.

Owen Olpin

Teasdale, UT – Owen recently retired as a partner in the Los Angeles-based law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP, specializing in water and environmental law. He served on the board of Earthjustice for 25 years, until 2006, and currently serves on the board of the Grand Canyon Trust.

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.

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 and on the board of governors of the Fulfillment Fund, as is her husband, Council member Chip Rosenbloom.

Dan Sarles

Boston, MA – Dan is the Executive Director for The Eaglemere Foundation, focusing on the environment and global health and development. The Foundation is particularly attuned to issues of freshwater ecosystem conservation. Dan also serves as a Managing Member of Sarles Family Investments LLC. Dan has a career background in sustainability, entrepreneurial operations, and market research.

Fred Stanback

Salisbury, NC – Fred is a conservation philanthropist and was recently featured in the book Wildlands Philanthropy. His environmental interests range from preserving our nation’s forests to sustainable-energy development.

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 of Earthjustice, Ecojustice, and the Environmental Law Institute.

Julia Verville

West Lafayette, IN – Julia is the Program Director for the Tilia Fund, where she manages grants 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

Bellevue, WA – Cynthia is the Co-Chair of the Earthjustice Council with Eric Kuhn. She was a paralegal 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 conservation-oriented 444S Foundation and is especially interested in Alaska, Western public lands, and wildlife.

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. Prior to joining Cognizant, Joel held similar positions at Samsung Electronics, where he was Vice President & Senior Counsel of Government Relations and at Sony Corporation of America where he was Vice President & Senior Counsel of External Relations. Joel was also Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs in the Clinton White House, Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Constitution Subcommittee and Senator Russell Feingold, and Counsel to the Courts Subcommittee and Senator Richard Durbin. Joel is a graduate of the University of Chicago School of Law and Macalester College.