Earthworks

Staff

Jennifer Krill, Executive Director

Jennifer KrillExtracting social and environmental justice from corporate boardrooms since 1995, Jennifer Krill joined Earthworks as the Executive Director in January 2010, where she leads the organization as it works to protect communities and the environment from the negative impacts of mining and fossil fuel extraction.

Jennifer’s personal mission is to end our dependence on destructive extractive industries by building a cleaner future based on sustainable and renewable alternatives.  She co-founded and serves on the board of directors of Plug In America, which advocates for petroleum-free, pollution free electric vehicles. She also serves on the board of the Labor Network for Sustainability and the advisory committees of the Business Ethics Network and the Western Mining Action Network.

Jennifer holds a B.A. and a B.L.A. from Ball State University, and previously directed successful campaigns at Rainforest Action Network, where she helped protect old growth forests and prevent banks from financing climate change-causing industries. In 2014, she was inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame of Alameda County, California for her work on behalf of the environment.

An avid traveler, Jennifer splits her time between Earthworks’ headquarters in Washington, D.C., and Earthworks’ field office in Berkeley, California, where she lives with her husband. Whenever she can, Jennifer escapes into the Sierra Nevada Mountains for skiing, paddling, and wilderness backpacking.

Contact Jennifer –
Email: jkrill [at] earthworksaction [dot] org
Phone: 202-887-1872 ×103
Location: Oakland, CA
@jenkrill

Bruce Baizel, Energy Program Director

Bruce BaizelBased in Durango, Colorado, Bruce has worked on oil and gas issues throughout North America, at local, state, national and international levels. He has testified before Congress, drafted federal, state and county legislation and ordinances related to oil and gas and advised numerous local governments on regulation of natural gas. He most recently served on the STRONGER review team, which evaluated the state of Louisiana’s hydraulic fracturing regulations.

Prior to joining Earthworks and the Oil & Gas Accountability Project in 2003, Bruce practiced law in Colorado, was a co-founder of Round River Conservation Studies and was legal counsel for Diné CARE, on the Navajo Nation.

He has authored or co-authored numerous reports and has published works on exporting hazardous waste in Transferring Hazardous Technologies and Substances: the International Legal Challenge, G. Handl and R. Lutz, eds., Martinus Nijhoff, 1990 and in the Denver Journal of Int’l Law & Policy Vol.17(1): 155-206 [selected for inclusion in Vol. 21 of Land Use and Environment Law Review (1990)].

Bruce received his BA in Biology from Earlham College and his M.A. in International Relations and J.D. from the University of Denver.

Contact Bruce –
Email: bruce [at] earthworksaction [dot] org
Phone: 970-259-3353 x2
Location: Durango, CO

Ethan Buckner, Energy Campaigner

Ethan BucknerEthan joined Earthworks in April 2017 as an Energy Campaigner, where he works with communities fighting oil and gas infrastructure across the US.

Before joining Earthworks, Ethan served as Senior Organizer at Stand.earth, where he supported successful grassroots campaigns that stopped numerous proposed oil train facilities in California. Ethan brings to Earthworks a deep passion for movement building, frontline solidarity, social equity, and direct action. For the past decade, Ethan has organized within a wide range of movements focused on mass incarceration and police violence, economic inequality, climate justice, and ending the occupation of Palestine.

Ethan was raised outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he developed a passion for the outdoors, songwriting, and troublemaking. He currently lives in Oakland, CA, where he moved after earning his Bachelors degree from Vassar College in 2013.

Outside of his work, you can find Ethan climbing, skiing, backpacking or plucking his guitar. He is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist under the pseudonym The Minnesota Child and is currently working on a new studio album.

Contact Ethan –
Email: ebuckner [at] earthworksaction [dot] org
Phone: 202-887-1872 x127
Twitter: @ethanbuckner
Location: Oakland, CA

Ann Corbett, Philanthropy Director

Ann CorbettAnn manages all aspects of Earthworks’ fundraising, from foundation grants to individual giving to the membership program.

Ann joined Earthworks in August 2010, bringing with her prior experience at Women Thrive Worldwide, the Global Fund for Children and Pathfinder International. In addition to her development work, Ann has been a human rights advocate with Amnesty International USA for nearly ten years, currently serving in leadership roles as Kenya Country Specialist and with the mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Group.

Ann earned a master’s degree in African history from the Johns Hopkins University and graduated summa cum laude from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.

An avid world traveler who has visited numerous countries including Kenya, Russia, China, India, Nepal, Thailand and Cambodia, Ann lives in Washington, D.C.

Contact Ann –
Email: acorbett [at] earthworksaction [dot] org
Phone: 202-887-1872 ×106
Location: Washington, D.C.

Phil Dickieson, Development Assistant

Phil DickiesonPhil joined Earthworks in December 2016 as Development Assistant, working with the development team on donor communication, data processing, and event planning.

Before joining Earthworks, Phil worked at Born Free USA, where he supported the development team and worked towards Born Free USA’s mission to end the suffering of wild animals in captivity, rescue individual animals in need, protect wildlife, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. Phil previously worked in Phnom Penh, Cambodia at Open Development Cambodia, an online hub compiling and distributing data on economic, environmental, and social development in Cambodia and Southeast Asia.

Outside of work, Phil enjoys hiking, travelling, and exploring Washington, D.C. Phil graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2013 with a B.A. in Political Science and History.

Contact Phil –
Email: pdickieson [at] earthworksaction [dot] org
Phone: 202-887-1872 x123
Location: Washington, D.C.

Pete Dronkers, Southwest Circuit Rider

PETEDRONKERSPete joined Earthworks in 2013 from interior and arctic Alaska, where he worked as a campaign organizer on hardrock mining and road development issues for a regional nonprofit organization. 

No stranger to Colorado, the Great Basin, or the Mojave Desert, Pete has also rallied in Nevada for federal wilderness protection, energy and climate legislation, and roadless area protection on the National Forests. 

The rest of the time, Pete can be found high in the mountains, preferably stuck to the side of some cliff face, or laying down infrastructure on his off-grid homestead in the Beartooth Mountains.

Contact Pete –
Email: pdronkers [at] earthworksaction [dot] org
Phone: 970-259-3353 x 3
Location: Durango, CO

Molly Dunton, Community Empowerment Project Coordinator

Molly DuntonMolly joined Earthworks in May 2015 as the Community Empowerment Project & Methane Campaign Coordinator. She is responsible for coordinating our ongoing efforts to film and document oil and gas air pollution in the United States as well as the voices of impacted communities. This work also includes supporting Earthworks' pivotal role in the Methane Partners Campaign.

Prior to this position, Molly worked at the World Wildlife Fund coordinating regional and international conservation projects, climate change policy, and the global network of WWF offices. It was during her time at WWF that Molly learned the importance of capacity building, advocacy, and storytelling at the grassroots level.

Molly graduated from the George Washington University in 2012 with a dual degree in International Development Studies and Latin American Studies. During her time at GWU, Molly had the pleasure of interning for Earthworks researching and communicating about international mining issues. She is fluent in Spanish, enjoys to travel, cook, bike, and do yoga, and has a passion for keeping our mineral wealth in the ground where it belongs.

Contact Molly –
Email: mdunton [at] earthworksaction [dot] org
Phone: 202-887-1872 x 126
Location: Washington, D.C.

Bonnie Gestring, Northwest Circuit Rider

Bonnie GestringBonnie began work with Earthworks in May 2001. For the previous 5 years, Bonnie worked as a Community Organizer at Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC) in Helena, Montana. She was a leader in campaigns to stop gold mining on the Blackfoot River and to pass the citizen’s initiative banning open pit cyanide process mining in Montana. She has also provided critical support to residents in Libby, Montana dealing with illness and death caused by the W.R. Grace operation there. Bonnie is an effective strategist with a demonstrated commitment to local communities.

Prior to working with MEIC, Bonnie has been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize and a park ranger in several national parks across the West. Bonnie received a B.S. in biology from Montana State University in 1987 and an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana in 1999.

Contact Bonnie –
Email: bgestring [at] earthworksaction [dot] org
Phone: 406-549-7361
Location: Missoula, MT

Traci Hickson, Foundation Relations Officer

Traci Hickson From West Virginia, Traci works from the headwaters of the Potomac as Earthworks' new Foundation Relations Officer. She has 15 years of experience in development and communications with Future Generations, an international nonprofit and accredited graduate school working to build community capacity for social and environmental change.

As a volunteer, Traci has been most active working with Musicians United to Sustain the Environment to co-found http://www.earthday.fm, helping farmers set up conservation easements, and raising awareness about invasive plants and pests.

With a degree in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic and a Master's in Applied Community Change and Conservation from Future Generations Graduate School, Traci has an academic background in environmental law, conservation biology, and community-led strategies for linking social development with large-scale nature conservation.

Contact Traci –
Email: thickson [at] earthworksaction [dot] org
Phone: 202-887-1872 ×120
Location: Franklin, WV

Paul Jolly, Philanthropy Manager

PAUL JOLLYPaul has been strengthening relationships between donors and non profit organizations for 25 years. His history as a fundraiser includes building support for The Wilderness Society, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Physicians for Social Responsibility, among other organizations.

While growing up in Oakland, California, Paul spent many happy days in his childhood camping in Point Reyes National Seashore, Yosemite, and other special parks. The love of wild places has persisted into his adulthood. He now lives in the Washington DC area. In his spare time, he writes poetry and enjoys long distance bicycle touring.

Contact Paul –
Email: pjolly [at] earthworksaction [dot] org
Phone: 202-887-1872 ×124
Location: Washington, D.C.

Hilary Lewis, Communications Manager

Hilary Lewis Hilary joined Earthworks in July 2011 as the International Mining Campaign Fellow. 

Hilary first became interested in the mining industry while researching environmental policy in the United States and Europe for ZAG International, a substitute raw materials provider for the cement industry. In 2015, Hilary was selected for the inaugural class of the Packard Foundation Emerging Leaders Professional Development Project. In 2016, Hilary was awarded a fellowship with the Clean Energy Leadership Institute.

Originally from San Francisco, Hilary moved east to attend Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. She graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and International Relations and a minor in Latin American Studies. In her free time, Hilary volunteers with sustainable sanitation organizations to promote composting toilets.

Contact Hilary –
Email: hlewis [at] earthworksaction [dot] org
Phone: 202-887-1872 ×101
Location: Washington, D.C.

Aaron Mintzes, Policy Advocate

Aaron MintzesAaron joined Earthworks in August of 2011 after spending nearly five years as a professional environmentalist.

First with Clean Water Action, and later as the Legislative and Political Manager for the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, Aaron has researched and lobbied at all levels of government on a variety of environmental issues. After tours with the green groups, Aaron joined the public affairs firm of Robert M. Brandon and Associates where he worked on health care and tax policy reform.

Now pleased to rejoin the ranks of the conservation movement, Aaron assists the policy team with developing and advocating for more responsible hard rock mining as well as oil and gas issues. Aaron was graduated from Vassar College in 2000 and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law in 2003.

Aaron lives in Baltimore with his wife Corinne and son Lazar where he volunteers for local environmental groups and cheers for the Orioles.

Contact Aaron –
Email: amintzes [at] earthworksaction [dot] org
Phone: 202-887-1872 ×116
Location: Washington, D.C.

Ellen Moore, International Program Coordinator

Ellen MooreEllen joined Earthworks in June 2017 as the International Mining Coordinator.

Ellen’s path to extractive industry work began in Guatemala with the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) in 2005, where she served as a human rights observer. Inspired by the commitment and bravery of local folks who were demanding justice and the right to self-determination, Ellen spent the following decade engaged in international solidarity and environmental advocacy work in Central America. Most recently, she worked as the Guatemala Programs Coordinator with NISGUA where she collaborated closely with communities standing up to transnational mining corporations. Upon returning to the US in 2015, Ellen joined the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, first as the Mining Justice Organizer, and later as the Environmental Justice Organizing Director.

Ellen grew up in rural Wisconsin and spent her college years in the Twin Cities. She earned her undergraduate degree in Spanish from the University of St. Catherine and her master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University.

Contact Ellen –
Email: emoore [at] earthworksaction [dot] org
Phone: 202-887-1872 ×128
Location: Washington, DC

Lorraine Osinski, Finance & Operations Director

Lorraine OsinskiLorraine joined Earthworks in the spring of 2010. She has spent over 10 years in non-profit finance ensuring that theater and advocacy groups pay their bills and balance their budgets.

She moved to Washington, D.C. from Philadelphia in 2007 where she was a long-time Business Manager for Arden Theatre Company. Other organizations she has been proud to work for have been Justice at Stake and the Capital Fringe Festival.

Lorraine grew up outside of Pittsburgh and holds a BFA in Theatre, from Point Park University, in her beloved hometown. She follows the Pittsburgh Penguins, and all hockey (but particularly the Penguins), with fierce devotion.

Contact Lorraine –
Email: losinski [at] earthworksaction [dot] org
Phone: 202-887-1872 ×104
Location: Washington, D.C.

Lauren Pagel, Policy Director

Lauren PagelLauren joined Earthworks full time in August 2002 after previously assisting with their 2001 campaign to stop the Bush administration from rolling back important rules to protect public lands from mining.

Before joining Earthworks (then Mineral Policy Center), Lauren helped the Union of Concerned Scientists organize their campaign to reduce the use of antibiotics in livestock. Before her time at UCS, Lauren was a part of the legislative team at Friends of the Earth, working on a variety of issues ranging from the Farm Bill to trade issues. Before FoE, she worked on the field team at the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

During her time at Earthworks, Lauren has testified numerous times in front of Congressional committees, represented Earthworks on the steering committee for the Western Mining Action Network, and been quoted in numerous publications, including the New York Times and Time Magazine. She currently serves on the Stop the Frack Attack Network steering committee.

Lauren graduated from Vassar College in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

Contact Lauren –
Email: lpagel [at] earthworksaction [dot] org
Phone: 202-887-1872 ×107
Location: Washington, D.C.

Payal Sampat, Mining Program Director

Payal SampatPayal currently leads our award-winning No Dirty Gold corporate/markets campaign. She heads up our global efforts to monitor and reform the mining industry, working with communities affected by mining and local organizations from around the world.

She joined Earthworks in 2002 from the Worldwatch Institute where she remains a Senior Fellow. At Worldwatch, Payal researched and wrote about mining, materials, freshwater, and natural resources issues. Payal is the author or co-author of several books, articles and reports, including ‘Mind Over Matter: Recasting the Role of Materials in Our Lives,’ ‘Forging a Sustainable Materials Economy,’ ‘Deep Trouble: The Hidden Threat of Groundwater Pollution,’ and ‘Scrapping Mining Dependence.’

Payal began her environmental career as an organizer for the Bombay Environmental Action Group, in Bombay, India, where she worked on campaigns to protect coastal areas and public lands. She holds degrees from Tufts University, MA, and St. Xavier¹s College, Bombay.

Contact Payal –
Email: psampat [at] earthworksaction [dot] org
Phone: 202-887-1872 ×110
Location: Berkeley, CA

Alan Septoff, Strategic Communications Director

Alan SeptoffAlan joined Earthworks in July 1997 from the National Academy of Sciences. Alan became Policy Director in 1999, Research & Information Systems Director in 2001, and Communications Director in 2013.

Alan has played key roles in many of Earthworks’ successes, including improving federal public lands mining regulations, the No Dirty Gold campaign’s efforts to embarrass the jewelry retailers into committing to more responsibly sourced metals, and working with local groups to pass Texas’s first municipal fracking ban. He leads Earthworks online and media outreach in pursuit of all organizational campaign goals.

Alan holds masters degrees in Environmental Science and Public Affairs from Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Contact Alan –
Email: aseptoff [at] earthworksaction [dot] org
Phone: 202-887-1872 ×105
Twitter: @drangundsturm
Location: Cumberland, MD

Nadia Steinzor, Community Empowerment Project Manager

Nadia SteinzorNadia joined Earthworks in 2010. Nadia works with a growing movement of homeowners, researchers, concerned citizens, and organizations to educate and support impacted communities, advance state oil and gas regulations, and promote federal reform. Most recently, she has researched and written on the health impacts of shale gas development in Pennsylvania, the track record of state regulators in overseeing operations, and the risks posed by oil and gas waste. Nadia has held communications, research, and writing positions with organizations focusing on social and economic development and land and wildlife protection.

She holds an M.S. in Environmental Policy from Bard College and both an M.A. in Peace and Development Studies and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Nadia lives in Willow, New York, in the eastern Catskills.

Contact Nadia –
Email: nsteinzor [at] earthworksaction [dot] org
Phone: 202-887-1872 ×109
Location: Willow, NY

Priscilla Villa, South Texas Organizer

Priscilla VillaPriscilla joined Earthworks in 2016 after graduating from the University of North Texas where she received her M.A. in Applied Anthropology with a focus on environmental health. Her thesis consisted of research in the Eagle Ford Shale where she interviewed residents on their attitudes and concerns of the environmental impacts of the oil and gas industry while also gathering information on their health, perceived changes in health, and concerns for future health conditions as they correlate to air quality.

Priscilla is a Texas native from the South Texas region known as the Rio Grande Valley and has lived in San Antonio, Denton, and has recently made a move to Houston. 

Contact Priscilla –
Email: pvilla [at] earthworksaction [dot] org
Phone: 202-887-1872 ×125
Location: Houston, TX

Sharon Wilson, Senior Organizer

Sharon WilsonSharon is a 5th generation Texan who worked for the oil and gas industry in Ft. Worth, but was unaware of any environmental issues. After 12 years, she left the industry and bought 42 acres in Wise County adjacent to the LBJ National Grasslands. Unknown to her at the time was that George Mitchell was experimenting in Wise County to figure out how to produce oil and gas from shale. She had a ringside seat at the sneak preview called Fracking Impacts.

As she watched her air turn brown and, eventually, her water turn black she documented it all on her blog texassharon.com. Sharon and her son moved to Denton, Texas thinking the city would provide more protection. That irony still burns, but it brought her life's work with Earthworks' Oil & Gas Accountability Project in 2010.

Sharon has briefed NATO Parliamentary Assembly, EPA regulators and even former Administrator Gina McCarthy on the impacts of oil and gas extraction. In 2014, she became a certified optical gas imaging thermographer and now travels across the U.S. making visible the invisible methane pollution from oil and gas facilities.

Contact Sharon –
Email: swilson [at] earthworksaction [dot] org
Phone: 940-389-1622
Location: Dallas, TX
Blog: texassharon.com
@txsharon

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