Patty was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science in 1995, serving in that capacity until 2000. There, she played a leadership role with respect to several river basin and ecosystem restoration efforts and had management responsibility for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey. Patty also served as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for nearly 20 years, specializing in energy policy, water resources, mining and oil and gas issues, and environmental matters, particularly with respect to public lands.
From 2014 until early 2017, Patty served as the North American Regional Director and Representative for the United Nations Environment Programme, working to foster cooperation on international environmental issues in the United States and Canada. Patty is currently an adjunct professor teaching natural resources law and policy at Georgetown University Law Center and the Georgetown McCourt School of Public Policy. She is a graduate of Iowa State University and Harvard Law School. Patty joined Earthworks board in 2017.
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 our Board in 2015.
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 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 our Board in 2013.
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 will join our board in 2020.
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 our Board in 2005.
Dr. Ingraffea is the Dwight C. Baum Professor and Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow in the College of Engineering at Cornell University, where he has taught since 1977. He is also director of the Cornell Fracture Group and co-editor-in-chief of Engineering Fracture Mechanics.
Dr. Ingraffea performed R&D for the oil & gas industry from 1984 through 2001 and is one of the most prominent national experts on the risks to water supplies from hydraulic fracturing for shale gas. He has been outspoken about the need for sound independent science on the impacts of oil and gas development, and for stronger protections for people and the environment. He joined our Board in 2011.
Jennifer is an enthusiastic volunteer and advocate for environmental and social causes including advocacy for people with disabilities, western Pennsylvania environmental issues, shoreline naturalization and universal access to clean water. She is co-chair of the Earth Circle of the Women Donors Network and has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for environmental causes. Jennifer serves on the board of Water Engineers for the Americas, which provides volunteer services to communities in Central and South America whose water sources have been polluted by mining and agriculture. She has experienced firsthand how a small amount of money can make a huge difference in a community.
Jennifer has an MSEd and is a former special ed teacher. She is also a giddy new Tesla owner, who proudly charges her Model S via the solar array on her Pittsburgh home. Jennifer joined our Board in 2016.
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 our Board in 2013.
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 our Board in 2005.
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.