ELPC Alumni

ELPC has a terrific group of alumni – attorneys, M.B.A.s, policy experts, communications and development specialists, operations team members, and interns of all fields – who have continued interesting and successful careers. Just like with a university’s “alumni magazine” listing, we hope this resource both helps alumni stay connected and provides a glimpse into our organization’s broad impact on the environmental and public interest world.

Are you an ELPC Alumni and don’t see your name listed? Does your listing need updating? Please contact Libby Prakel at lprakel@elpc.org or (312) 795-3709.

Ann Alexander,

former ELPC Staff Attorney (2002-2004), is now a Legal Advocacy Director for the Midwest Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Andrew Armstrong,

former ELPC Staff Attorney (2011-2015), is now Chief of the Environmental Bureau for the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.

Colleen Belak,

former ELPC Legal Assistant (2012-2014), is now a Senior Admissions Counselor with the University of Chicago.

Barbara Berlin,

former ELPC Policy Advocate (2000-2003), is now the Director of Zoning Evaluation Division for the Fairfax County Government.

Sam Berndt,

former ELPC Receptionist (2008-2009), is now a Senior Associate at ICF International, a management consulting firm in Fairfax, VA, focused on energy and environmental markets.

Sara Billings,

former ELPC Executive Assistant (2013-2014), is now a Medical Editor for Precision for Value, a pharmaceutical consulting firm.

Michael Brod,

former ELPC Legal Assistant (2009-2012), is now an Assistant Project Manager for New Ecology, Inc., a sustainable development firm in Boston.

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Becca Brown,

former ELPC Executive Assistant (2012-2013), is now an Account Manager at Hall & Partners, a market research firm in Chicago.

Faith Bugel,

former ELPC Senior Attorney (2001-2015), is now an attorney with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign.

Kimberly Collins,

former ELPC Receptionist (2009-2012), is now an Executive Assistant at the MacArthur Foundation.

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Ashley Craig,

former ELPC Environmental Business Specialist (2010-2012), is now a Manager with PriceWaterhouseCooper.

Hans Detweiler,

former ELPC Policy Advocate (1998-2003), is now Vice President of Project Development for CleanLine Energy.

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JR Drabick,

former ELPC intern, is now an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit.

Evan Eschmeyer,

former ELPC Legal Fellow (2008-2009), is now the CFO of Atlas Tower Companies.

Albert Ettinger,

former ELPC Senior Attorney (1997-2010), continues to practice environmental law in the Chicago area.

Nick Fedinick,

former ELPC IT Associate (2011-2014), is now a Technology Analyst for the Federal Reserve Board.

Ted Fickes,

former ELPC Online Communications Director (2000-2002), is now founder of BrightPlus3, a non-profit management company.

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Meleah Geertsma,

former ELPC Staff Attorney (2004-2010), is now a Senior Attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Allen Gleckner,

former ELPC Associate Attorney (2013-2014, St. Paul office), is now a Senior Policy Associate with Fresh Energy.

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Manny Gonzales

former ELPC Communications Manager 2013-2015, now manages communications at the Latino Policy Forum in Chicago.

Peter Gray,

former ELPC Media Relations Associate (2008-2012), is now the Director of Client Services at Aileron Communications.

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Bill Haas,

former ELPC Policy Associate (2004-2006), is now the Principal and Founding Member of Inova Energy Group.

David Hammond,

former ELPC Policy Analyst (1994-1996), is now the Founder/President of The Hammond Group, Inc.

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Berneta Haynes,

former ELPC Associate Attorney (2013-2015), is now an Associate Attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center.

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Michael Heintz,

former ELPC Staff Attorney (2009-2010), is now the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Society of Neuroscience.

Alison Horn,

former ELPC Policy Associate (2008-2009), is now Development and Evaluation Specialist for the Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop.

Elissa Jeffers,

former ELPC Legal Assistant (2015-2016), is now a Legal Assistant at Lambda Legal.

Kerri Johannsen,

former ELPC Policy Advocate (2008-2009, Des Moines office), is now the Executive Officer/Legislative Liaison for the Iowa Utilities Board.

Jackie Jutting,

former ELPC Executive Assistant (2002-2008), is now an Assistant Professor for Belmont University’s Department of Theatre & Dance and head of Belmont’s BFA Directing program.

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Brian Kelly,

former ELPC Associate Director of Development (1999-2006), is now the Director of Development Operations and Strategy for The Urban Institute.

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Jesse Kharbanda,

former ELPC Policy Advocate (2005-2007), is now Executive Director of the Hoosier Environmental Council.

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Linda Kurtos,

former ELPC Climate Change Special Project Coordinator (2009), is now the Director of Sustainability for the University of Notre Dame.

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Katherine Laing,

former ELPC Government Affairs Manager (2002), is now retired and living in Michigan’s UP.

Serena Larkin,

former ELPC Development Assistant (2010-2012), is now a Senior Communications Associate for the Sightline Institute.

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Karen Lewis,

former ELPC Environmental Business Specialist (1999-2001), is now a consultant and Project Manager with the Temple Sholom of Chicago.

Barry Matchett,

former ELPC Legislative Director (2003-2014), is now the Director of External Affairs for NRG Energy.

Nick McDaniel,

former ELPC Staff Attorney (2012-2014, Columbus office), is now a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.

Robert Michaels,

former ELPC Staff Attorney (1993-1999), is now a shareholder for Robinson Curley & Clayton, P.C.

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John Moore,

former ELPC Senior Attorney (2001-2011), is now a Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Sustainable FERC Project.

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Peter Morman,

former ELPC Policy Advocate (1995-2000), is now a Senior Policy Analyst for the Michigan House of Representatives.

Mel Nickerson,

former ELPC Staff Attorney & Government Relations Specialist (2007-2013), is now the Principal and Director of Government Affairs at Accurate Strategies, a legal boutique that implements legislative initiatives through the Illinois General Assembly.

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Scott Phillips,

former ELPC Director of Major Giving (2000-2001), is now the Chief Genealogy Officer for Onward To Our Past.

Susan Plassmeyer,

former ELPC Director of Marketing and Operations (1993-1995), is now the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administration and Development Services at Washington University.

Jared Policicchio,

former ELPC Legal Fellow (2011-2013), is now the Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago’s Department of Law, Aviation, Environmental, Regulatory and Contracts Division.

Kristi Pullen,

former ELPC Staff Scientist (2009-2013), is now a Staff Scientist for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Laura (McElherne) Quinn,

former ELPC Development Assistant (2006-2008), is now the U.S. Fundraising Manager for Christian Aid.

Molly Quinn,

former ELPC Law Fellow (2010-2011, Sioux Falls office), is now a Research & Writing Specialist for the Federal Public Defender.

Sherri Racine,

former ELPC Development Associate for Major Gifts (2010-2011), is now the Midwest Associate Advancement Director for the Sierra Club.

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Eric Ratajczek,

former ELPC Legal Assistant (2014-2015), is now w Workers' Compensation Claims Examiner in the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs in Chicago.

Marlo Reeves,

former ELPC Receptionist (2012-2014), is now a Graduate Student Researcher for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s University Health Services.

Nikki Rivers,

former ELPC Law Fellow (2011-2012), is now an Associate for Thompson Coburn LLP.

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Ed Roggenkamp,

former ELPC Law Fellow (2009-2010), is now an Associate Attorney with Sive Paget & Riesel.

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Dan Rosenblum,

former ELPC Senior Attorney (1997-2001), is now the Chair of the Energy Committee for the New York City Bar Association.

Tara Santarelli,

former ELPC Law Fellow (2011-2012, Columbus office), is now a Legal Research Trainer and Account Executive at LexisNexis.

Peter Scholtz,

former ELPC Legal Intern (2008), is now a Staff Attorney at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

Jimmy Seidita,

former ELPC Financial Analyst (1993-1998), is now a climate change and renewable energy policy consultant in the Chicago area.

Joe Shacter,

former ELPC Senior Policy Advocate (2004-2009), is now the Senior Manager for State Corridors for Amtrak.

Lauren Sharfman,

former ELPC Director of Development (1999-2003), is now a Realtor for Century 21 in the Houston area.

Kelsey Snell,

former ELPC Legal Assistant (2006-2009), is now a reporter for The Washington Post covering Congress, budget, tax and fiscal issues.

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Andrew Snow,

former ELPC Campaign and Policy Advocate (2008-2011, Des Moines office), is now the Statewide Outreach Coordinator for SEEL LLC.

Rebecca Stamey-White,

former ELPC Policy Associate & Legislative Advocate (2003-2005), is now a Partner with Hinman & Carmichael LLP.

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Kim Stone,

former ELPC Policy Fellow (1994-1995), is now a Councilwoman for the City of Highland Park.

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Kay Tamillow,

former ELPC Assistant to the Executive Director (2008-2010), is now the Associate Manager for Global Innovation Portfolio Analytics for PepsiCo.

Jennifer Tarr,

former ELPC Staff Attorney (2013-2016), is now a clerk for Federal District Court Judge Lorna Schofield in the Southern District of New York.

Stephanie Tatham,

former ELPC Law Fellow (2009-2010), is now OIRA Policy Analyst and Attorney for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

Lindsey Trachtenberg,

former ELPC Law Fellow (2013-2014), is now an Associate at Dentons.

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Mike Truppa,

former ELPC Director of Communications (1993-2001), is now the Principal for Mike Truppa Communications.

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Geri Unger,

former ELPC Staff Scientist (1994-1996), is now the Executive Director of the Society for Conservation Biology.

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Drew Veysey,

former ELPC Climate Change Fellow (2008-2009), is now an Institute Associate with the Georgetown Climate Center.

Amber Vignieri,

former ELPC Communications Fellow (2015-2016), is now a Communications Coordinator for Elevate Energy.

Curt Volkmann,

former ELPC Senior Clean Energy Specialist (2013-2015), is now the President of New Energy Advisors LLC.

Nancy Wagner,

former ELPC Senior Policy Advocate (1998-2008), is now a Policy Consultant for the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Jen Walling,

former ELPC Policy Advocate (2007-2008), is now the Executive Director of the Illinois Environmental Council.

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Madeleine Weil Klein,

former ELPC Senior Policy Advocate (2009-2012), is now Senior Vice President of Advance Energy Solutions at SoCore Energy.

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Jamie West,

former ELPC IT Associate (2009-2011), is now an Information System Engineer for Covisint.

Sarah Wochos,

former ELPC Co-Legislative Director (2008-2016), is now an Assistant Vice President at BMO Harris Bank.

Josh Zaharoff,

former ELPC Associate Attorney (2013-2015), is now an Assistant Regional Counsel for the U.S. EPA.

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