Environmental Law Institute Welcomes Marisa Blackshire and Kevin Murray to Its Leadership Council

September 2021

(Washington, D.C.)—The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is delighted to announce Marisa Blackshire and Kevin Murray as the newest members of its Leadership Council. “We are so fortunate to have Marisa and Kevin join the ranks of our Leadership Council,” said ELI Leadership Council President Kathy Robb. “ELI’s vision is a healthy environment, prosperous economies, and vibrant communities founded on the rule of law. As esteemed thought-leaders in the field of environmental law and policy, we are lucky to add such esteemed new members to our Leadership Council and look forward to the guidance and expertise they are sure to bring to our organization.” 

  • Marisa Blackshire is the Senior Director of Environmental Compliance and EH&S at Bloom Energy. As Bloom’s environmental compliance and EH&S leader, Marisa is furthering Bloom’s mission by building the profile and engagement on environmental, health, and safety issues companywide. Before joining Bloom, Marisa was a Senior General Attorney at BNSF Railway. In that role, Marisa led BNSF’s environmental legal, air, and climate programs systemwide. Before BNSF, Marisa was in private practice at Alston & Bird LLP, where she worked on similar issues for clients including, but not limited to: petroleum companies; mines; energy providers; residential developers; and local agencies developing large-scale infrastructure. In addition to serving on the ELI Board, Marisa is active in the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, chairing its 2018 Spring Conference and currently serving on its Council and Equity and Inclusion Task Force. Marisa’s community involvement includes supporting multiple causes that provide high-quality programming and resources to at-risk youth.
  • Kevin Murray is an environmental law partner with Holland & Hart, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. His practice focuses on managing environmental liabilities, repurposing real estate assets, and creating value through property remediation and planning. Kevin has been the lead attorney for billions of dollars of acquisition and development of environmentally challenged assets worldwide, including many Superfund sites. Kevin is also a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers and an acclaimed adjunct professor of real estate development and finance at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University Law Schools, having taught since 1990. Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman appointed Kevin to serve as a member of the Utah Solid and Hazardous Waste Control Board in 2005. He was appointed as Board Chairman in 2011 and served in that role for four years. Kevin has also held various executive leadership positions with the Urban Land Institute, The Dallas Bar Association, the Utah Bar Association, and other professional groups.

The ELI Leadership Council is the Institute’s group for the most prominent environment, energy, and natural resource leaders in the nation. The Council recognizes leaders for their commitment of resources and time to the Institute’s vision of a healthy environment, prosperous economies, and vibrant communities founded on the rule of law. Members participate in events, have a chance to network, and engage other leaders in discussions about key environmental law and policy issues.