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Environmental Integrity Project Staff

  • Eric Schaeffer, Executive Director
    Eric V. Schaeffer has served as director of the non-profit Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) since he co-founded the organization in March of 2002. Eric’s vision of combining policy analysis, media outreach and litigation to advocate for more effective enforcement of environmental laws still drives all of EIP’s work. Previously, Eric served as director of EPA's Office of Civil Enforcement from 1997 to 2002, where he received a Presidential Rank Award, as well as the John Marshall award from the Justice Department for his leadership in negotiating an industry-wide cleanup of petroleum refineries. Eric's career at EPA began in 1990, and included an appointment as special assistant to the Deputy Administrator. Prior to his service at EPA, Eric worked as an environmental attorney for two and a half years at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, and spent six years on Capitol Hill working for various members of Congress. Eric received his law degree from Georgetown University in 1987, and graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1976.
  • Ilan Levin, Associate Director
    Ilan Levin joined EIP in 2004, after practicing environmental law with the Austin firm Henry & Levin, where he represented landowners and conservation groups on water issues. Prior to that, Ilan worked for the Texas Legislature’s Sunset Commission, where he played a key role in developing and drafting state anti-pollution law. Ilan earned his BA with high honors at University of Texas at Austin, where he was Phi Beta Kappa, and continued to University of Texas School of Law, where he earned his JD in 1995 and was awarded the Dean’s Achievement Award in Negotiation.
  • Mary Greene, Senior Managing Attorney

    Mary Greene, Senior Managing Attorney.  Mary Greene joined the Environmental Integrity Project in summer 2013 after many years teaching and practicing environmental law.  Greene began her career in the Special Projects Division of the Florida Attorney General's Office, where she litigated sovereignty lands cases, defended bans against offshore oil drilling and use of nonselective fishing nets, and implemented measures to protect manatee, Key deer, and depleted fisheries.  She then spent the next 12 years as an enforcement attorney with the U.S. EPA (Regions 4 and 2), primarily focusing on complex CWA, RCRA, and CERCLA cases.  She has been the recipient of numerous EPA, U.S. Department of Justice and state agency awards.   Most recently, she taught undergraduate, graduate, and law school courses in environmental law and policy at Bard College (in conjunction with Pace Law School) and Marist College, both in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York.  She earned her B.S.B.A. in Economics from the University of Florida in 1987 and her J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1990.

  • Jennifer Duggan, Managing Attorney

    Jennifer Duggan is a Managing Attorney at the Environmental Integrity Project.  Duggan advocates for the effective enforcement of environmental laws pertaining to coal and other industrial sources of pollution in regulatory, permitting, and enforcement actions.  She has co-counseled litigation requiring EPA to set limits on toxic wastewater discharges from power plants for the first time; co-counseled litigation requiring the clean-up of the three largest coal ash landfills in Maryland; and helped shutter plans for two waste coal power plants in Pennsylvania. Prior to joining EIP, Duggan interned for the Sierra Club Environmental Law Program in San Francisco and worked as a student clinician for the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic in South Royalton, Vermont.  Duggan graduated magna cum laude from Vermont Law School, earning her J.D. and Master of Studies in Environmental Law.  She graduated cum laude from Eckerd College with a BA in Environmental Studies and Anthropology.

  • Julie Kaplan,Senior Counsel for Litigation

    Julie Kaplan joined the Environmental Integrity Project as Senior Counsel for Litigation in 2012, after practicing environmental law at Hunsucker Goodstein & Nelson and the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice.    Julie’s experience spans environmental enforcement litigation under multiple environmental statutes, as well as policy work related to environmental enforcement.  While at the Department of Justice, Julie was accorded awards from the Department  as well as the United States Environmental Protection Agency for her significant work. Julie received her law degree from Yale Law School in 1986, where she was a Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal.  She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in history

  • Patton Dycus, Senior Attorney

    Patton Dycus is a Senior Attorney with EIP, where he focuses on enforcement of environmental statutes and other environmental litigation.  Before joining EIP, Patton was a litigator at two large law firms in Atlanta, where he worked on lawsuits at the trial-court and appellate level in state and federal courts across the country.  At the same time, he was an active volunteer with environmental organizations.  Patton has a degree in English from Rhodes College.  He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2003, where he served on the Georgia Law Review.

  • Lisa Widawsky-Hallowell, Attorney
    Lisa Widawsky joined EIP in 2009. Lisa was previously a student clinician with the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center in Portland, Oregon, where she worked on a successful administrative appeal asserting violations of the National Environmental Policy Act. Lisa graduated cum laude with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis and Clark Law School, where she was on the editorial board of the Environmental Law Journal and was inducted into the Cornelius Honor Society. Lisa graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University with a BA in Environmental Geography.
  • Sparsh Khandeshi, Attorney

    Sparsh Khandeshi is EIP’s Refinery Law Fellow.  Prior to joining EIP, he interned for the Natural Resources Defense Council in Santa Monica and for Judge William Hoeveler of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.  A graduate of Georgetown Law, Mr. Khandeshi was an editor of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review and President of the Environmental Law Society.  He graduated from Yale College with a BA in Environmental Studies in 2004 and a JD from Georgetown Law in 2009.

  • Tarah Heinzen, Attorney

    Tarah Heinzen is EIP’s Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Law Fellow. She graduated cum laude with a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2009.  While at Lewis & Clark, Tarah worked as a legal intern for EIP and a student clinician with the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center, was inducted into the Cornelius Honor Society, and was on a winning National Environmental Moot Court Competition team.   She graduated cum laude from Macalester College in 2003, with a BA in Environmental Studies and Geology.

  • Abel Russ, Attorney

    Abel Russ joined the Environmental Integrity Project in 2010 after graduating magna cum laude from Vermont Law School. While at VLS Abel was an editor of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law and a clinician with the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. Before law school he worked in the field of human health risk assessment, first as a research associate for the George Perkins Marsh Institute in Worcester, MA, and then as a toxicologist for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. He has also put in time growing food at North Creek Farm in Phippsburg, Maine. Abel graduated summa cum laude from Clark University in 1999 and received a Master’s degree in Environmental Science & Policy from Clark in 2000.

  • Leah Kelly, Attorney

    Leah Kelly joined EIP in 2011. Prior to joining EIP, she spent three years working at a small public interest oriented law firm in upstate New York, focusing on land use and environmental matters. Leah graduated from Boston College Law School in 2007 with a Certificate in Land Use and Environmental Law. During law school, Leah worked as an intern with Alternatives For Community and Environment, as a summer law clerk with the Southern Environmental Law Center, and as a student attorney with the Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau. She has also performed volunteer legal work for the Urban Ecology Institute and the Conservation Law Foundation. Leah graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 2002 with a B.A. in English.

  • Adam Kron, Attorney

    Adam Kron joined the Environmental Integrity Project in 2011.  Before joining EIP, Adam worked as a staff attorney at Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, D.C., where his work focused on freshwater aquatic species, climate change, and energy development.  Prior to that, Adam worked on a variety of water quality issues in Georgia and Alabama with the Southern Environmental Law Center’s Atlanta office, including stormwater permitting, coal mining, and coal-fired power plants.  Adam earned his B.A. with distinction in Biology from the University of Virginia in 2001.  He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2006, where he served as managing editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review and was a recipient of the school’s Maria & Robert A. Skirnick Public Interest Fellowship.

  • Alayne Gobeille, Attorney

    Alayne Gobeille joined EIP in 2012 as a Coal Ash Law Fellow, after graduating cum laud with a certificate of Environmental Law, from Tulane Law School. While at Tulane, Alayne was a student attorney with the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic and an editor of the Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law. Before law school, she worked as a public health researcher and consultant. Alayne has a Master's degree in natural resources with a concentration in soil sciences from Cornell and Bachelor's degree in Fermentation Science from UC Davis.

  • Whitney Ferrell, Attorney

    Whitney Ferrell joined the Environmental Integrity Project in 2011, after earning her LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School and her J.D. from the University of Denver in 2010.  In the LL.M. program, she focused on the proposed federal regulation of coal ash under RCRA.  In law school, Whitney was a student attorney with the University of Denver Environmental Law Clinic, where she worked on a successful suit to overturn a federal timber project that would have allowed logging on over 3,400 acres in Colorado’s Rio Grande National Forest.  Prior to joining EIP, she interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon and clerked at EPA Region 8.  She earned her B.A. in Art History from the University of Virginia in 2007, where she was an Echols Scholar.
  • Gabriel Clark-Leach, Attorney

    Gabriel Clark-Leach joined EIP as a Fellowship Attorney in 2010 after completing two post-graduate public interest clerkships with EIP.  Prior to joining EIP, he was a law clerk at the Caddo Lake Institute, and Lowerre, Frederick, Perales, Allmon & Rockwell.  Gabriel graduated from the University of Texas School of Law with honors where he was a member of the Texas Environmental Law Journal.  He also graduated with a MA in Interdisciplinary Humanities from SUNY, Buffalo.

  • Valerie Baron, Attorney

    Valerie Baron joined EIP as an attorney in 2013 through a Penn Law Public Interest Fellowship. She works in EIP’s factory farms program and is currently implementing a research and legal advocacy project addressing the impact of water pollution from factory farms on nearby communities. Valerie earned her law degree and a Master of Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn Law, Valerie was a Toll Public Interest Scholar and the Symposium Editor of the Journal of Law and Social Change. She served as a Research Associate with the Penn Program on Regulation, and a law clerk with EIP as well as the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, and Earthjustice. Before law school Valerie worked for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. She holds a B.A. in Politics from Oberlin College.

  • Lisa Graves-Marcucci, Grassroots Organizer
    Lisa Graves-Marcucci has been a community advocate for thirteen years. Since joining EIP in 2009, her efforts to protect human health from power plant pollution have grown from the community to the regional level. Lisa has conducted extensive reviews of permit files for EIP, helped to identify violations, and organized citizen testimony at numerous public hearings about the hazards of both air and water pollution from coal plants. Lisa spoke before the National Academy of Sciences in October of 2004 in Washington, D.C., advocating for more effective regulation of coal combustion waste disposal. Ms. Graves-Marcucci is a 1981 graduate of Duquesne University.

  • Karen Souryal, Chief Financial Officer

    Karen joined EIP in 2010.  She has worked in nonprofit management for over fifteen years, and was most recently with Georgetown University at the School of Foreign Service.  Previous to that, Karen was the Executive Director of Hands Along the Nile Development Services, and has served on a number of local nonprofit boards. She holds a Master’s degree in Economic Development, and a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.

  • LaToya Archibald, Program Administrator

    LaToya has a B.S. in Biology from Howard University, has interned with the Department of Energy and was an Environmental Biology Scholar and Research Associate funded by the National Science Foundation.  Most recently, she taught Biology and Environmental Science at the Maya Angelou Academy, located at New Beginnings Youth Development Center, Washington D.C.’s secure facility for incarcerated youth.  She is interested in environmental justice issues and looks forward to building on her interest in environmental policy while working here at EIP.

  • Sanam Noorani, Grants and Finance Officer

    Sanam Noorani joined the Environmental Integrity Project as a Finance/Grants Officer in September 2012. Sanam efficiently handles the accounting for EIP and manages the grants portfolio for the organization. Sanam graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Accounting and a Minor in International Development from the University of Florida in 2010.

  • Daniela Bloch, Legal and Research Assistant

    Daniela joined the Environmental Integrity Project in 2013. She is interested in social justice issues, including environmental justice, and looks forward to developing that interest through her work at EIP. Daniela graduated from Northwestern University in 2009 with a bachelor’s in journalism and from Loyola University Chicago in 2012 with a master’s in political science.

  • Troy Sanders, Research Analyst

    Troy Sanders joined the Environmental Integrity Project in 2012. Prior to joining EIP, Troy researched air toxics emissions as an intern for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Troy graduated from the University of Maryland in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science from the School of Public Health.

  • Courtney Bernhardt, Research Analyst

    Courtney Bernhardt joined the Environmental Integrity Project in 2013 after earning a Master of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. While at Duke, Courtney earned a certificate in geospatial analysis and was an environmental analyst with the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic. Before graduate school, she worked as a technical and trial support paralegal in the Environmental Defense Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in public policy from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2008.

  • Max Marcucci, Communications Intern

    Max has been part of the EIP team since fall 2013, managing EIP’s social media, and working with staff to develop and implement communication programs.  Max has previously worked for a DC-based PR firm where he handled media engagement, media strategy, and event coordination for client projects, including projects funded by the Department of Defense, and a nationwide bus tour for a prominent DC-based think tank CEO. He is in his third year of study at American University in Washington, DC, pursing a degree in public relations and marketing.  He hails from Pittsburgh, PA.

 


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