PURPOSE

To secure the health and wellbeing of the environment and of future generations.

VISION

A world where government fully recognizes the challenges we face and moves swiftly and effectively to address them.

MISSION

We build political power that meets the scale and urgency of our environmental challenges.

VALUES

We think systemically and plan for the future.

We are driven by the potential of our work to impact future generations. We see the connection between all things: people and planet, policy and social justice, environmental and economic health. We think critically about intersectionality and the complexities of cause and effect.

We are strategic and ambitious.

We are motivated by the enormity of the challenges we face and by Massachusetts’ potential to lead the world. We are science-based, data-driven, and results-oriented. We choose priorities based on their impact on the Commonwealth and their potential to be adapted and scaled.

We prioritize equity, inclusion, and environmental justice.

We recognize that bias, racism, classism, and privilege determine who has power. We use our influence to help remedy the harm caused by centuries of environmental racism and to build a more equitable future. We are dedicated to anti-racism and to reckoning with our own biases.

Partnerships are at the heart of how we work.

We believe that trust is the foundation for progress. Our strength is rooted in our relationships. We convene varied stakeholders to forge common ground. If we disagree, it is with respect. We listen carefully, consider divergent perspectives, and operate with integrity.


Staff

Casey Bowers

Action Fund Executive Director

Casey joined ELM in 2018. For nearly four years she served as the Assistance Vice President for Government Relations, developing and achieving ELM’s policy goals across state, federal, and local government. In January 2022 she assumed the role of Action Fund Executive Director.

She previously served as the American Lung Association of the Northeast’s Massachusetts Director of Public Policy, where her portfolio included work on renewable energy, lung diseases, and air quality. Casey has a wealth of policy knowledge, legislative expertise, and organizing skills from her time serving as the field organizer for the state on a campaign to protect, enforce and strengthen the Clean Air Act and a consultant at M+R Strategic Services, a boutique advocacy firm.

Casey received her Bachelor’s Degree in economics and history from the College of the Holy Cross.

Elizabeth Turnbull Henry

President

Elizabeth Turnbull Henry took the lead of the Environmental League of Massachusetts in 2017, drawn to the ambitious goals and pragmatic strategies that have long been ELM’s hallmark. She is committed to making Massachusetts lead the nation in environmental policy and getting on a pathway to net zero emissions. She has particular passion for expanding offshore wind, ending tailpipe pollution, and electing environmental champions to office.

Under Elizabeth’s leadership, ELM’s Corporate Council and the ELM Action Fund have grown. Both organizations build political will to create policy solutions that match the urgency of the challenges we face as a Commonwealth and a planet.

A proven sustainability leader, she previously directed climate and energy programs for Adidas. She also consulted to the US Department of Energy, worked as Sustainability Lead for a Massachusetts-based residential construction firm, and led international travel programs to over 30 countries.

In April 2021, Elizabeth was named #34 on Boston Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential Bostonians. She was also a member of the 2020 Boston Business Journals 40 Under 40.

Elizabeth has an MBA and Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) from Yale University and a BA in Environmental Policy and Economics from Colby College. Raised in West Virginia, she now lives in Concord, MA with her husband and three children.

Miriam Posner Harris

Executive Vice President

Miriam Posner Harris joined the ELM team in 2018. As the Executive Vice President, Miriam is responsible for building and growing ELM’s brand, identifying and leveraging strategic partnerships and crafting persuasive messaging to enhance its reputation, resources, reach, and impact on environmental policy. She also manages ELM’s Corporate Council, an alliance of some of the state’s biggest businesses that recognize the profound synergies between a healthy environment and a thriving economy. She works to bring to the forefront companies that have a demonstrated commitment to sustainable operations and recognize the value in advocating to state government leaders to implement bold, practical, well-designed policies.

Previously, Miriam was the founding Director of Energy & Environmental Policy at A Better City, a business association representing 130 members of the business and institutional community of Greater Boston. She led the organization’s clean energy and climate policy efforts, including the development of strategic and impactful legislative and research agendas. Miriam collaborated with state and local officials, public-sector staff, and other stakeholders to execute upon those identified priorities.

Before returning home to Massachusetts, Miriam spent four years as a Senior Policy Analyst at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, DC, supporting on energy system resilience and reliability, including working as an emergency responder during Hurricane Sandy. She also served in the Obama White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the US Senate office of John Kerry, and at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy.

Miriam holds a Master of Public Administration and a certificate in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania where she was the recipient of the Institutional Service and Leadership Award. Her Bachelor’s Degree with honors in Political Science and Public Policy is from Case Western Reserve University.

Nancy Goodman

Vice President for Policy

Nancy is responsible for setting the strategic course for our policy engagement. She leads our policy team and oversees its work to develop and advance ELM’s priorities. She has primary responsibility for a number of key issues including reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, environmental justice, carbon pricing and smart growth. Prior to coming to ELM, Nancy worked for the Massachusetts Bays Program. Before graduate school, Nancy lived and worked in Washington, D.C. as a development professional for Common Cause, the International Human Rights Law Group (now Global Rights), and the Center for Marine Conservation (now Ocean Conservancy). Nancy has a Masters in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University and a B.A. from George Washington University in French Language and Literature. Nancy is a long-time Somerville resident and sits on the Board of the Boston Area Gleaners.

Leigh Chandler

Communications & Events Manager

Leigh joined the Environmental League of MA (ELM) team in March 2022. She is a marketing and communications professional committed to mobilizing action toward social equity. Prior to ELM, she was the Manager of Marketing and Communications at YW Boston. She also has experience in nonprofit development and as a public speaking coach. She currently serves as a board member and co-chair of the Marketing & Communications Committee for The Philanthropy Connection, a Boston-area collective giving network. Leigh grew up in a small beach town in South Carolina and graduated from Davidson College in 2016 with a degree in English and Communication Studies.

Jennifer Delony

Regional Director of Offshore Wind Communications

Jennifer joined the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) in August 2022. She serves as Regional Director of Offshore Wind Communications supporting the New England for Offshore Wind (NE4OSW) coalition. As a coalition of more than 100 organizations, NE4OSW is working to combat climate change and increase clean energy supply on the New England grid through procurements of responsibly developed offshore wind. 

Jennifer is the former New York-New England bureau chief at RTO Insider, where she led carbon-related news for the Northeast under the publication’s NetZero Insider segment. She served previously as editor of North American Windpower magazine, editor of Oilman magazine, associate editor of Renewable Energy World, associate editor of Solar Industry magazine, and analyst for TransmissionHub.com and GenerationHub.com. 

She holds a BS in marketing and integrated communications from the University of Phoenix. Jennifer brings a deep interest in an equitable energy transition to the NE4OSW communications role with the aim of supporting the diverse regional voices of the coalition. 

Susannah Hatch

Director of Clean Energy Policy

Susannah joined the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) in January 2020. Her work focuses on clean energy policy, coalitions, and advocacy. In this role, Susannah serves as the Regional Lead for the New England for Offshore Wind (NE4OSW) coalition, which ELM launched in 2020. NE4OSW is a broad-based coalition of over 100 organizations committed to combating climate change by increasing the supply of clean energy to our regional grid through more procurements of responsibly developed offshore wind. 

Prior to joining ELM, Susannah worked in volunteer management at the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), a regional conservation and recreation organization. At AMC, Susannah facilitated alignment and effectiveness across the organization’s volunteers, staff, and members. She served as a liaison, partner, and adviser to AMC’s volunteer chapter organizations and focused on organizational development, capacity building, strategic planning, and project management. In addition to her volunteer management responsibilities, she served on AMC’s Board of Directors strategic visioning committee, and led and facilitated its community engagement and analysis. 

Susannah holds a Bachelors in French and International Studies from Colby College. Her passion for clean energy and environmental policy stems from her interest in sustainability and climate policy, and she is delighted to bring her experience in capacity building and community engagement to ELM and NE4OSW in support of their goals to drive ambitious state policies for clean energy and climate action. 

Imani James

Imani James

Operations Coordinator

Imani joined the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) in September 2022 as the organization’s Operations Coordinator, a role she coveted since she left University.

Imani was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. However, after attending University in Boston, she decided to make Boston her permanent home. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Public Relations from Suffolk University. While in University, Imani started her journey with operations and event planning, which soon became her professional passions.

Prior to ELM, Imani worked at a non-profit in Jamaica called Sandals Foundation where she tackled issues ranging from scholarship coverage for students in need to raising environmental awareness among people in the Caribbean. She became more invested in making more positive efforts towards changing the outlook of how people view the environment after her time at the Sandals Foundation.

Juan Pablo Jaramillo

Political Director

Juan Pablo Jaramillo is a formerly undocumented immigrant, community organizer, youth advocate and graduate of Boston’s only public college, the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Juan Pablo has been an activist and leader in the Greater Boston Region for more than ten years and is currently a member of the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee. Previously, the Political Coordinator for SEIU, local 32BJ, Juan worked to build the power of the labor movement among largely black and people of color, immigrants, and low-wage workers in Environmental Justice Communities across The Commonwealth. Juan Pablo has worked as Legislative Director in the Massachusetts State Senate and for Senator Joe Boncore and before that as a Youth Organizer in Revere, where he grew up. In 2021, Jaramillo ran a historic grassroots campaign to fill the vacancy left behind by Speaker Bob Deleo, becoming the first person of color to run for state office from the City of Revere.

Juan Pablo is the co-founder and President of “El Concilio Latino de Massachusetts,” a volunteer led non-profit organization focused on economic, social, racial, and immigrant justice for Latinx Communities in Boston’s North Shore. After his historic run, Jaramillo worked for Lawrence’s Interim-Mayor, Kendrys Vasquez as the City’s Chief Administrative Officer. In his capacity as CAO for the state’s most densely populated and diverse municipality in The Commonwealth, Jaramillo spearheaded and oversaw a vaccination program that made of Lawrence, the fastest vaccinating city in the state for over 30 weeks. Juan Pablo has years of lobbying, grassroots, political, campaign, and governance experience with an emphasis centering and empowering some of the state’s most vulnerable populations.

Ellen Macaulay

Director of Special Projects

Ellen joined the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) team in 2015. As Director of Special Projects, she serves as a project manager for many of ELM’s major internal operations and processes and coordinates the implementation and logistics of emergent advocacy initiatives. She also drives strategic communications planning for the organization and manages ELM’s engagement with press and media.

She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Suffolk University. In her time at Suffolk, Ellen interned at the State House and held an on-campus position orchestrating 11 alternative spring break trips, working with Habitat for Humanity as well as other nonprofit organizations.

David Melly

Legislative Director

David joined ELM in 2022. As Legislative Director, he contributes detailed policy knowledge, significant legislative experience, and organizing and management skills to ELM’s state, local, and federal advocacy efforts. David coordinates with the ELM political team to develop and advocate for effective, thoughtfully-crafted policies that meet our organizational mission of environmental protection, move the Commonwealth toward its climate goals, and prioritize equity and justice in vulnerable communities. 

Prior to joining ELM, David worked in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for over six years on issues related to energy and the environment, transportation policy, juvenile justice reform, and water infrastructure. A longtime Brighton resident, David and his family have deep roots in the communities of Newton, Arlington, Concord, and Roslindale. 

David graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a degree in Government. As an NCAA and post-collegiate athlete, he has become a prominent advocate for LGBTQ+ issues in athletics. As an avid runner, part of David’s passion for environmental protection comes from years of logging miles on Massachusetts’s beautiful trails, state parks, and conservation areas.  

Zahra Saifee

Coalition & Advocacy Coordinator

Zahra Saifee joined ELM team during the fall of 2022 as the Coalition & Advocacy Coordinator. A recent graduate from the University of Utah with a degree in environmental studies and communications, Zahra is passionate and committed to green solutions. Particularly, she loves to learn about the diversity of ideas in the environmental space and connect over shared values.

Raised in southern Utah, nearby Zion National Park, Zahra joined ELM to gain a new perspective on environmental policy. In college, she was extremely involved with the environmental issues that affect Salt Lake City. She is excited to continue pursing her personal and professional interests with ELM.

Randi Soltysiak

Director of Finance and Operations​

Randi joined the ELM staff in March of 2015 as the organization’s Accounting and Finance Manager, becoming the Director of Finance and Operations​ in March of 2022. She manages all Accounting, Finance, and HR operations including payroll and benefits, financial reporting, and the annual audit process. Randi provides financial visibility to the Leadership Team to allow for informed programmatic planning and decision making. Randi earned her BA in English from Vassar College, and her J.D. from Boston College Law School. She is an active leader in Mothers Out Front, which organizes mothers and grandmothers to call for a swift, complete, and just transition to clean renewable energy, to keep children safe in the face of climate change.

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