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Ann Alexander

Senior Attorney, Dirty Energy, Lands Division, Nature Program
Ann Alexander works as a litigator and policy advocate with the Nature Program's Dirty Energy Team—fighting to curb polluting fossil fuel development that threatens the integrity of our public lands, and harms communities living in proximity. Before arriving at NRDC…

Josh Axelrod

Senior Advocate, Nature Program
Josh Axelrod focuses on issues including public land protection and conservation, renewable energy siting on public lands, limiting oil and gas development on public lands, energy transmission, and climate policy. Since joining NRDC in 2013, Axelrod has also developed expertise…

Julee Boan

Manager, Boreal Partnership, International Program
Julee Boan works collaboratively with Indigenous peoples and organizations, local and national conservation groups, plus industry and governments to protect Canada's boreal forest. She has a PhD in forest sciences, where she researched approaches to mitigate the impacts of industrial…

Sharon Buccino

Senior Attorney, Lands Division, Nature Program
Sharon Buccino's current work focuses on energy policy and government transparency. She actively litigates in federal court and advocates before federal agencies and Congress. She has worked to implement effective environmental review and public participation for proposed pipelines, as well…

Giulia C.S. Good Stefani

Senior Attorney, Marine Mammals, Oceans Division, Nature Program
Giulia C.S. Good Stefani works to protect marine mammals, wild places, and communities from environmental injustices. Stefani has worked on a variety of cases and campaigns at NRDC, including the effort to secure greater protection for whales from the U.S…

Kabir Green

Director, Federal Affairs, Government Affairs
Kabir Green, who joined NRDC in 2012, focuses on public lands issues, especially NRDC’s efforts to defend America's national monuments. He graduated from George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration with a master's in public administration…

Debbie Hammel

Deputy Director, Lands Division, Nature Program
As director of the Land Markets Initiative for NRDC’s Land & Wildlife program, Debbie Hammel concentrates on issues relating to bioenergy and sustainable forest management. With more than 30 years of experience in designing third-party environmental certification systems, she is…

Ashley Jordan

Boreal Corporate Campaign Advocate, International Program
Ashley Jordan provides technical and advocacy expertise for NRDC's corporate campaign to establish stronger protections for the Canadian boreal forest. Jordan joined NRDC in 2018 and previously supported the Canada Project as a program assistant and campaign coordinator. She holds…

Taryn Kiekow Heimer

Deputy Director, Marine Mammal Protection Project, Nature Program
Taryn Kiekow Heimer directs two of the organization’s major campaigns: stopping the development of the environmentally disastrous Pebble Mine project proposed in Alaska’s Bristol Bay and putting an end to commercial whaling. She also leads our work to protect beluga…

Niel Lawrence

Alaska Director and Senior Attorney, Nature Program
Niel Lawrence oversees NRDC’s efforts to preserve and protect Alaska’s iconic land and seascapes—including the Arctic and vast Tongass rainforest—and helps guide efforts to end climate-wrecking oil exploration on federal lands. Prior to his current role, Lawrence directed NRDC’s national…

Courtenay Lewis

Manager of Ecosystems Policy, Canada Project, International Program
Courtenay Lewis advocates for policy solutions in Canada that benefit communities, species, and the larger ecosystems that support them. Prior to working at NRDC, Lewis promoted sustainable international policies at the Sierra Club, focusing on trade policy and curbing fossil…

Amy Mall

Senior Advocate, Dirty Energy, Lands Division, Nature Program
Amy Mall focuses on policies that protect clean air, clean water, wildlands, communities, and the climate from harmful energy industries, including fracking, oil and gas production, oil and gas pipelines, and forest biomass. Prior to joining NRDC in 2001, Mall…

Bobby McEnaney

Director, Dirty Energy Project, Nature Program
In his work for NRDC, Bobby McEnaney has spearheaded several initiatives focused on promoting the sustainable development of energy resources on public lands while working to protect the nation’s lands and communities from the dirtier energy processes that threaten them…

Amy McNamara

Director, Northern Rockies, Nature Program
Amy McNamara’s experience lies in advancing community-driven conservation outcomes, private land conservation, and durable solutions for wildlife and public lands management. Throughout her career, she has promoted large-landscape connectivity across the intermountain west, the northeast, and in western Canada. Prior…

Damon Nagami

Senior Attorney, Lands Division, Nature Program
Damon Nagami is a senior attorney and director of NRDC’s Southern California Ecosystems Project, which focuses on oil and gas policy and advocacy, increasing equitable access to nature for low-income communities of color, and protecting open space and wildlife habitat…