President, Environmental Law Institute
Scott Fulton is President of the Environmental Law Institute. Previously, Mr. Fulton was a partner at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., and served as General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and in a number of other top governmental leadership positions, including EPA Deputy Administrator, head of EPA’s Office of International Affairs, Judge on the Environmental Appeals Board, and head of the Agency’s enforcement program. He also served as Assistant Chief of the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Environment and Natural Resources Division. He teaches International Environmental Governance as an adjunct professor at George Washington School of Law, is a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, and a member of UN Environment’s International Advisory Committee on Environmental Justice.
Managing Partner, Marten Law LLP
Brad Marten is the Managing Partner of Marten Law LLP, an environmental law firm he founded and has grown to 15 lawyers practicing in four states. He is consistently ranked by his peers as one of the nation’s top environmental lawyers. Brad is a former President of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, and a Board member of the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC. He organized and now chairs the annual GreenTech Conference, bringing together technology and environmental leaders to discuss the future of environmental protection.
Brad has earned his national reputation by successfully representing clients in nearly every sector of the economy across the United States for the past 40 years. These include clients in several of the largest environmental damages cases ever brought in the country, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Alaska in 1989, and dozens of other cases and transactions for clients in the mining, manufacturing, refining, transportation, food processing, agricultural, and financial services industries. Brad has been recognized as one of the top 500 lawyers in the United States by Law Dragon, and by Best Lawyers and other peer publications for over 15 years.
TODD A. WILDERMUTH
DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW PROGRAM AND FOUNDER AND POLICY DIRECTOR, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & POLICY CLINIC, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF LAW
Dr. Todd A. Wildermuth is the Director of the UW Environmental Law Program. He coordinates UW Law's current environmental curricular offerings, works with other faculty to increase UW's depth and stature in the field, and conducts outreach on behalf of the environmental law program.
In 2014, Todd founded and launched the UW Regulatory Environmental Law and Policy Clinic with Professor William H. Rodgers, Jr. The clinic assists organizations seeking to influence environmental policy via rulemaking petitions to state and federal agencies, as well as through submission of public comments on major environmental regulations, permits, and environmental impact statements.
Todd has taught in the Ph.D. program of the UW Law School and has advised multiple graduate students on comparative environmental legal and policy. He has also taught in the UW College of the Environment on topics including environmental planning and permitting, climate change communication, and environmental justice.
Before joining the law school in 2011, Todd received a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois.
Manager, Innovation Lab, Environment Law Institute
Kasantha is the Manager of ELI’s Innovation Lab. Her role involves identifying new environmental opportunities in next generation technologies, citizen science and emergent or craft industries. She is presently managing a collaboration to identify the potential uses of blockchain and AI technology in the Colorado River Basin. She has 10 years of experience as an environmental consultant, her skill lies in project design and implementation, forming multi-stakeholder relations and facilitating decision making. She has worked with multi-national corporations in the energy, manufacturing, and mineral resource sectors, advising on sustainability and compliance matters. Kasantha contributed to several environmental, social, and health impact studies for World Bank/International Finance Corporation financing, among others. Kasantha holds a Master in Environmental Management degree from Yale University.
PRINCIPAL, BEVERIDGE & DIAMOND, PC
Paul Hagen is a Principal at Beveridge & Diamond where he helps clients navigate increasingly complex environmental requirements governing global supply chains and products across their life-cycle. He serves as a strategic advisor to companies on new circular economy initiatives with a focus on the reuse of products, recycling, waste classifications, and logistics. For more than two decades, he has represented clients in the electronics sector on the negotiation and implementation of international controls and trade bans arising under the Basel Convention, a global agreement governing the transboundary movement of wastes and recyclables. Paul also advises companies on compliance with expanding Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) laws governing the management of used and end-of-life electronic equipment, batteries, medical devices, unwanted pharmaceuticals, and other regulated products. Paul is active with many of the country’s leading conservation organizations. He serves on the board of the Conservation Fund, which since its founding has protected over 8 million acres of natural lands and working landscapes. He is a former board chair of the Environmental Law Institute and Chesapeake Conservancy. He has advised non-profit clients on the protection of whales, conservation of albatrosses and other seabirds, and sustainable fisheries management.
Global Director, Environment, Energy and Sustainability Policy, Intel Corporation
Stephen Harper is Global Director, Environment, Energy and Sustainability Policy, at the Intel Corporation. In that capacity, he is responsible for advising senior management and leading company influencing efforts on a wide variety of topics, ranging from chemicals management to energy efficiency, water policy and the role of Intel’s products in helping meet society’s toughest sustainability challenges. Outside Intel, Harper is widely known as a connoisseur of all things Irish, both solid and liquid. Harper serves on a number of outside boards (including the Energy Foundation, Energy Foundation China, the Chesapeake Conservancy, the Center for Innovation in Conservation, and the Center for Environmental Policy at American University). Prior to Intel, Harper served in senior positions at Amoco Oil Company, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ICF Consulting, and the California State Coastal Conservancy. He has served in these positions while continuing to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a professional rodeo clown. Stephen has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, where he graduated with highest honors. He also has a Master’s in International Affairs from Princeton University, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and has conducted graduate studies in city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania.
Partner (retired), WilmerHale LLP
Rob Kirsch retired in 2018 as a partner from WilmerHale LLP, where he chaired that firm's environmental practice. Rob worked with a wide range of businesses nationally, including leading technology, energy and defense clients, focusing on environmental litigation, permitting appeals, compliance advice and environmental justice issues. Between 2004 and 2015, Rob was a leader of a pro bono team that represented six men interned at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. That work resulted in the 2008 Supreme Court decision in Boumediene v Bush, the firsthabeas corpus trial of men held at Guantanamo, and the first and only negotiated release of Guantanamo detainees to the Republic of France.
Rob serves as the Vice Chair of the boards of the Environmental Law Institute and the Mount Washington Observatory.
Senior Counsel & Director of Environmental Policy, General Electric
Neal Kemkar is Senior Counsel & Director of Environmental Policy at General Electric. Prior to joining General Electric, Neal held a wide range of government positions, including roles with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, and the Colorado Energy Office. He began his legal career in private law practice, counseling companies on complex energy and environmental issues, and as a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also served as an adjunct law professor. He currently sits on the board of trustees of the National Park Trust, and is a fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and the Truman National Security Project. He is a graduate of Brown University, Georgetown University Law Center, and the Senior Managers in Government Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Worldwide Transportation and Logistics, Amazon
Katie Thomson currently serves as Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Worldwide Transportation and Logistics at Amazon. Before joining Amazon, Katie played a pivotal role in shaping national transportation law and policy as general counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) (2013-2016) and as chief counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (2012-2014) during the Obama Administration. She also served as counselor to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood on energy, climate, and environmental matters from 2009 to 2012.
Before joining the government in 2009, Katie was a member of the environmental group at Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C. Immediately prior to joining Amazon, Katie chaired the transportation practice group at Morrison Foerster, where she advised clients on emerging technologies in the transportation sector. Katie received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) and her Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania.
Katie currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Environmental Law Institute and is a trustee of MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois.
Chairman of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Benjamin F. Wilson is the Chairman of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., a top-ranked law firm focused on environmental and natural resource law and litigation. He represents major corporations, developers, and municipalities in complex litigation matters involving Clean Water Act enforcement, wetlands development, Superfund and environmental justice matters. He serves as the Court-Appointed Monitor for the Duke Energy ash spill case, and as Deputy Monitor for Emissions & Environmental in the Volkswagen AG emissions proceedings.
A tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, Mr. Wilson has been widely recognized for his leadership. Recent awards include: National Bar Association’s Presidential Award for Exemplary Service (2019); NAWL’s Lead by Example Award (2018); UNCF’s MASKED Award (2018); DRI’s Sheryl J. Willert Pioneer Diversity Award (2017); Washington Bar Association’s Charles Hamilton Houston Medallion of Merit (2016); Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s Thurgood Marshall Legacy Award (2016); Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council’s Extraordinary Service Award (2016); and, Savoy Magazine’s Most Influential Black Corporate Directors (2016) and Most Influential Black Lawyers (2015).
Mr. Wilson graduated from Dartmouth College and from Harvard Law School. In 2016, he was elected Chairman of the Environmental Law Institute. Mr. Wilson serves on the Board of Directors of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, on the Board of Governors of the District of Columbia Bar, and the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Law at the Howard University School of Law.
Ruth Ann Castro
Senior Environmental Health and Safety Counsel, Google
Ruth Ann advises the company on environmental, health and safety compliance and risk management for Google’s global operations and office spaces. She counsels Google’s infrastructure teams during the acquisition, design, construction, and operational phases of the company's global data centers. She is known for collaborating among a variety of technical, legal, security and policy teams to formulate strategies that further the company’s business continuity needs, using her expertise to navigate through complex regulatory requirements. Ruth Ann worked with Google’s energy teams to achieve the company’s 100% renewable energy goal by securing wind and solar power that has helped Google become the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable power. Prior to Google, Ruth Ann served as Special Counsel to the Environmental Group at Farella Braun + Martel LLP. Prior to that, she was an attorney at Fenwick & West LLP and clerked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region IX. Ruth Ann received a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Berkeley, and her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Tulane Law School.
Principal and Managing Director, Trusted Companies LLC
Alan Horowitz is a Sustainability and Compliance executive who most recently led the EHS, Compliance, Risk & Security function for Microsoft’s Cloud operations business. Alan joined Microsoft following a successful 20-year career at AstraZeneca, where he was Vice President of Global Safety, Health, Environment & Operations Compliance. Alan previously served as AZ’s global safety, health & environment counsel.
Alan has over 25 years of experience leading the collaborative teams, building the bold strategies and implementing the robust programs that generate value, build trust, mitigate risk and deliver game-changing Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance. His teams at AstraZeneca and Microsoft have effectively and continuously delivered mature compliance, risk management and business integrity programs; top-tier Environment, Health & Safety results; and trusted, embedded cultures of integrity and compliance.
Alan is currently Principal and Managing Director of Trusted Companies LLC, a consultancy helping business clients build robust and reliable Environment, Social and Governance programs and is the Principal Advisor to The Shareholder Commons, a non-profit working to define and implement sustainable business practices across the private sector on behalf of institutional investors. Alan serves on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute where he chairs the Audit and Risk Committee.
Vice President for Programs and Publications at ELI
John Pendergrass is the Vice President for Programs and Publications at ELI. He leads the Research and Policy Division, which conducts legal and policy research and analyses of pressing environmental and natural resource issues in the U.S. and globally. He also leads the Institute's Educational Programs and the Institute's Publications Division. He manages a staff of more than 30 lawyers, scientists, and other professionals.
Before becoming Vice President, Mr. Pendergrass was a Senior Attorney, Director of the Judicial Education and Climate and Energy Programs, Center for State, Local, and Regional Environmental Programs, and Co-Director of International Programs at ELI. Mr. Pendergrass works with judges, NGOs, environmental agencies, academic institutions, the private sector, and international organizations to draft laws and regulations, conduct research, make policy and institutional recommendations, and conduct capacity building programs throughout the world. He has thirty years of experience training judges, inspectors, prosecutors, agency staff, business leaders, and citizens on environmental and natural resources law, compliance, enforcement, and public participation.
Mr. Pendergrass’ writing has covered a variety of topics, including climate change, federalism, international environmental law, public trust, enforcement, water quality, Superfund and state cleanup programs, brownfields, institutional controls, and sustainable development.
Director, Technology, Innovation and the Environment Project
Dave Rejeski joined ELI in October 2016 after serving as director of the Science, Technology and Innovation Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Prior to the Wilson Center, he worked at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Council on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency (Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation).
He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), a guest Researcher at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, a member of EPA’s National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology, and board member of American University’s Center on Environmental Policy. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and previously served on EPA’s Science Advisory Board and the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Research and Education.