Statement: IEA 2021 Report on Methane Pollution from Oil and Gas

October 7, 2021
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    Karolo Aparicio

    Karolo Aparicio is the Annual Giving Officer for the Bay Area Leads Fund of the San Francisco Foundation. Prior to joining the San Francisco Foundation, Karolo was the Director of Corporate Partnerships at GRID Alternatives and, before that, the Executive Director at EcoViva, a US-based non-profit dedicated to supporting community-led social justice movements in Central America. His career in fund development has included leading fundraising efforts at the Sierra Club (SF Bay Chapter), the Global Fund for Women, International Rivers, Save the Bay, and Global Exchange. He earned a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Vanderbilt University, and an MBA from San Francisco State University, where he also earned his BA. He is a Certified Fundraising Executive and is a frequent invited lecturer and workshop facilitator on fund development and non-profit management. Karolo served on the program committee and board of directors of the Golden Gate Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and currently serves on the advisory board of the UC Berkeley Extension Program in Fundraising and Volunteer Management. Karolo joined Earthworks’ Board in 2021.

    Ranjana Bhandari

    Ranjana Bhandari is the founder and Chair of grassroots environmental advocacy group Liveable Arlington, which began to organize against the rapid expansion of gas drilling, fracking, and drilling infrastructure in Arlington, Texas. Ranjana is the 2017 recipient of the GreenSourceDFW Sustainable Leadership Award and the Community Sentinel Award from FracTracker Alliance. In 2018, she won the Special Service Award from the Texas Chapter of the Sierra Club and a Public Voices Fellow with The OpEd Project. Ranjana join Earthworks’ Board in 2021.

    Robin Broad, Ph.D.

    Robin Broad is a professor at the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. She is the author or co-author of numerous articles and books on sustainable development and on natural resources including mining. Her books include, most recently, Development Redefined: How the Market Met its Match. She has done extensive research on mining and development in El Salvador and the Philippines, and works closely with civil society groups in those countries and in North America around mining bans and responsible mining policy. Dr. Broad has served as an international economist in the U.S. Treasury Department, with then-Congressman Charles Schumer, and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She received her PhD and MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and her BA (in economics & ecology) from Williams College. She joined Earthworks’ Board in 2015.

    Casey Camp-Horinek

    Casey Camp-Horinek, Councilwoman and Hereditary Drumkeeper of the Women’s Scalp Dance Society of the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma, is a longtime activist, environmentalist, actress, and published author. First taking up the cause of Native and Human Rights in the early 70’s, it has been in the last 15 years that she began her plea for Environmental Justice for her Ponca people and people around the globe. Calling it the “toxic tour” Casey has identified, diligently worked to remediate, and bring attention to, the corridor of toxic industry surrounding the historic lands of the Ponca people. Because of Casey’s work, the Ponca Nation is the first Tribe in the State of Oklahoma to adopt the Rights of Nature Statute, and to pass a moratorium on fracking on Tribal Lands. Casey was also instrumental in the drafting and adoption of the first ever International Indigenous Women’s Treaty protecting the Rights of Nature and has spoken multiple times at the United Nations Forum on Indigenous Issues. Casey is a board member of WECAN and Movement Rights. She joined Earthworks’ board in 2019. 

    Ken Colburn, Treasurer

    Ken Colburn is a Senior Associate at the Regulatory Assistance Project, a global, non-profit team of energy experts advising current regulators on the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of the power and natural gas sectors, and the founder of consultancy Symbiotic Strategies. Mr. Colburn previously served as executive director of the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) and as director of the Air Resources Division of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES). At NHDES he led state climate efforts for the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA), representing U.S. states at Kyoto and numerous subsequent meetings of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. Mr. Colburn is based in Bar Harbor, ME and holds a BS in mathematics from MIT and an MBA from the University of New Hampshire. Ken joined Earthworks’ Board in 2013.

    Gene Collins

    Gene Collins has been a minister for the Highland and Bunche Church of Christ for 25 years, local Branch President of the Odessa NAACP for 28 years, and is the West Texas Area Coordinator for the Texas NAACP, Chairman of the Texas NAACP Environmental Justice Committee, Chairman of the Texas Emergency Response Committee, and Chairman of the Texas Religious Affairs Committee. In addition, Gene has served in the American Red Cross and has led national relief efforts during hurricanes, tornados, floods, wildfires and industrial explosions. He is the state president of the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats and serves on the State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC).

    Gene is a local businessman and serves on numerous boards in Odessa, and in 1991, Gene was part of the community challenging Dynagen Corporation resulting in a settlement of over $7 million, the largest fine imposed against a company in the history of the Texas Clean Air Act. He later took on Huntsman for environmental infractions resulting in a settlement of over $4 million for the community. After years of volunteering his time to expose oil and gas pollution in the Permian Basin, Gene joined Earthworks’ Board in 2020.

    Gloria Flora

    Gloria is a former Forest Supervisor for the Lewis and Clark National Forest in Montana, where, among other accomplishments, she gained national attention with her popular decision to withhold the Rocky Mountain Front from oil and gas leasing. Ms. Flora has an active interest in resource and social interrelationships, has presented many professional papers and has lectured on resource management issues and civil rights. She is involved in many civic organizations and lives in Colville, WA. Gloria joined Earthworks’ Board in 2005.

    Laura Martin

    Laura Martin is the Executive Director of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, a statewide organization founded by Nevada activists in 1994 to improve the lives of marginalized communities by promoting leadership, social justice and fairness. She was raised in Colorado Springs, and currently lives in Las Vegas, NV where she still enjoys the outdoors, but nothing compares to the Rocky Mountains. Laura is also a board member of People’s Action, and the Western States Center. Laura joined Earthworks’ Board in 2021.

    Mark Squillace, J.D., Secretary

    Professor Mark Squillace is the Director of the Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Colorado Law School. Before coming to Colorado, Professor Squillace taught at the University of Toledo College of Law where he was the Charles Fornoff Professor of Law and Values. Prior to Toledo, Mark taught at the University of Wyoming College of Law where he served a three-year term as the Winston S. Howard Professor of Law. He is a former Fulbright scholar and the author or co-author of numerous articles and books on natural resources and environmental law. In 2000, Professor Squillace took a leave from law teaching to serve as Special Assistant to the Solicitor at the U.S. Department of the Interior. In that capacity he worked directly with the Secretary of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt, on variety of legal and policy issues. He joined Earthworks’ Board in 2013.

    Wilma Subra, Chair

    Wilma is President of Subra Company, Inc., a chemistry lab and environmental consulting firm in New Iberia, Louisiana, which provides technical assistance to citizens and victims of environmental issues. She serves on local, state and federal committees dealing with oilfield waste, oil refineries and toxic release inventory. She joined Earthworks’ Board in 2005.

    Trish Weber, Vice Chair

    Trish Weber is a free range climate justice activist who has called Oregon home for over 20 years. The primary focus of her activism work involves allying with indigenous peoples who are fighting extreme energy projects in their communities, particularly Canadian tar sands mining and infrastructure projects. In 2010, she co-founded All Against the Haul, a coalition of grassroots organizations, communities, individuals, and tribes that successfully prevented ExxonMobil from constructing a permanent industrial transportation corridor for oversized tar sands mining equipment through pristine mountainous areas in ID and MT. She currently serves as on the Board of Directors for Honor the Earth, as Board Adviser for Sightline Institute, and on the US campaign steering committee for Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN), an organization devoted to promoting the voices of indigenous women in global climate justice discussions. Previous experience also includes 5 years with the Women Donors Network, where she lead the Earth Circle and served on the Board of Directors. She is a semi-retired electrical engineer who lives with her husband in Corvallis OR. Yoga, Shakespeare, and walks in the forest help her maintain sanity in this most insane of times. Trish joined Earthworks’ Board in 2017.

    Statement: IEA 2021 Report on Methane Pollution from Oil and Gas

    October 7, 2021
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