ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of talented and experienced public interest attorneys, finance experts, public policy advocates and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems. Our staff works throughout the Midwest and Great Plains to meet two major needs. First, we provide public interest legal, economic and technical resources devoted to the most important environmental and natural resources issues. Second, we inject a strategic regional perspective as environmental issues are increasingly regional in scope, complex and require coordinated strategies to shape public policy. Specifically:

  • ELPC attorneys represent grassroots organizations in taking on the strategically important and precedential cases that have broad national and regional impacts for protecting threatened natural resources.
  • ELPC’s policy advocates and finance experts implement breakthrough strategies with diverse business coalition partners to develop new markets for environmentally preferable products and services.
  • ELPC’s communications experts and organizers make sure that our persuasive messages reach the public and build coalitions to support our environmental campaigns.

Our staff works out of our headquarters in downtown Chicago, as well as our Washington, D.C., location and regional offices located in Columbus, OH; Des Moines, IA; Duluth, MN; Grand Rapids, MI; Indianapolis, IN; Jamestown, ND; Madison, WI; and Sioux Falls, SD. See our Contact Us page for more information.

John Agada

Legal Assistant

Vanessa Bonilla

Development Assistant

Kevin Brubaker

Deputy Director

Andrene Dabaghi

Associate Attorney

Jessica Dexter

Staff Attorney

Lindsay Dubin

Staff Attorney

Tamara Dzubay

Clean Energy and Sustainable Business Specialist

Sarah Eddy

Digital Advocacy Specialist

Steve Falck

Senior Policy Advocate

Kristin Field

Legal Assistant

Stuart Flack

Senior Fellow

Madeline Fleisher

Senior Attorney

Rachel Granneman

Staff Attorney

Allen Grosboll

Legislative Director & Senior Policy Advocate

Jeffrey Hammons

Associate Attorney

MeLena Hessel

Policy Advocate

Julie Jacobson

Senior Fellow

David Jakubiak

Director of Media Relations

Margrethe Kearney

Senior Attorney

Robert Kelter

Senior Attorney

Brad Klein

Senior Attorney

Jean-Luc Kreitner

Associate Attorney

Josh Mandelbaum

Staff Attorney

Janet McCabe

Senior Law Fellow

David McEllis

Government Affairs Representative

Ann Mesnikoff

Federal Legislative Director

Susan Mudd

Senior Policy Advocate

Judith Nemes

Media Relations Specialist

LeAnn Ngo

Design Advocacy Fellow

Susan O’Connell


Mary Frances O’Connor

Chief Development Officer

Andy Olsen

Senior Policy Advocate

Ellen Partridge

Senior Law Fellow

David Perry

Development Officer, Individual Giving

Jamie Ponce

Director of Innovation Projects

Libby Prakel

Special Assistant to the Executive Director

Mindi Schmitz

Government Relations Specialist

Scott Strand

Senior Attorney

Justin Vickers

Staff Attorney

Tiffany Werner

Field Organizer

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