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Environmental Law Institute Welcomes Five New Board Members

November 2017

(Washington, DC): The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is delighted to announce the appointment of five new members to its Board of Directors:  Raymond B. Ludwiszewski; Brenda Mallory; Roger Martella; Margaret Spring; and Katie Thomson. ELI’s Board of 40 includes environmental leaders from all sectors, including private law practice, corporate management, state government, non-governmental organizations, and academia.

“Uniting diverse interests is a strength of ELI, and these distinguished individuals will bring a wealth of experience, energy, and new perspectives to the ELI Board of Directors,” said ELI President Scott Fulton. “I look forward to working with these renowned experts to advance ELI’s important mission of improving the environment though the effective rule of law,” added ELI Board Chair Benjamin F. Wilson.

  • Raymond B. Ludwiszewski is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He joined the firm's Environmental Litigation and Mass Tort Practice Group after spending eight years in senior legal positions in the U.S. government dealing with environmental regulatory issues and litigation in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Brenda Mallory leads a project collaborating with non-governmental advocates who are committed to protecting environmental and conservation values on public lands. Through a network of law professors, law clinics, and other aligned professionals, Brenda works to educate the public and the legal community about developments affecting public lands. She previously served as General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality during the Obama Administration and as the Principal Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Brenda has over 30 years of public and private sector experience in the environmental, energy, and natural resources arena.
  • Roger Martella is General Counsel for General Electric’s Environment, Health and Safety operations worldwide. Before joining GE, Roger was an international environmental attorney with Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, D.C.  Prior to joining Sidley Austin, Roger was the General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Principal Counsel for Complex Litigation for the Justice Department’s Natural Resources Section.
  • Margaret Spring is Chief Conservation Officer and Vice President of Conservation and Science of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where she oversees the Aquarium’s ocean  policy program; market-based Seafood Watch sustainable seafood program; conservation research programs involving sea otters, sharks, Pacific bluefin tuna, and other species; as well as its sustainability initiatives. Before joining the Aquarium, Margaret held top leadership roles at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, first as chief of staff and then as principal deputy undersecretary for oceans and atmosphere.
  • Katie Thomson is Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Amazon, where she focuses on worldwide transportation and logistics, including energy and sustainability.  Prior to joining Amazon, Katie held several senior positions at the U.S. Department of Transportation (most recently as General Counsel).  In her federal positions she was frequently tasked with driving diverse groups of stakeholders (both internal and external) to consensus on complicated, controversial matters and finding innovative ways to implement policy objectives more effectively and efficiently.

For more information about these and other members of ELI’s Board of Directors, visit https://www.eli.org/board-of-directors.