The Environmental League of Massachusetts is committed to combating climate change and protecting our land, water, and public health. By creating diverse alliances and building the power of the environmental community, we use our collective influence to ensure Massachusetts is a leader in environmental and economic sustainability.
What We Do
The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) is a nonprofit educational and advocacy organization, supported by a combination of individual and foundation philanthropy, dues from citizens and organization members, and proceeds from special events.
We focus our resources on the state level, where we believe that our knowledge, expertise and reputation allow us to have the strongest impact. We also network and collaborate with a variety of leaders in business and government as well with other environmental nonprofits to achieve effective results.
Who We Are
George Bachrach, ELM President
George is an attorney and former state senator. He served three terms in the Massachusetts state senate in the 1980s and has run for U.S. Congress with the endorsement of The Boston Globe, organized labor, and civic groups. After leaving the state senate, George practiced law for nearly a decade as a partner with the Boston law firm Brown, Rudnick, Freed and Gesmer. George regularly provides political commentary for Boston area TV and radio, including New England Cable News (NECN), WGBH-TV, The Boston Globe, and other media outlets. He has taught journalism at Boston University. George is a graduate of Trinity College and Boston University School of Law. He lives in Watertown with his wife and two sons.
Ken Pruitt, Executive Director
Ken joined ELM in 2008. From 2003 to 2008 he was Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC). From 1998 to 2003 he was Director of Conservation for the Town of Boxford, MA. Previously Ken was a Land Use and Natural Resources Analyst with Science Applications International Corporation in the Washington, DC area, where he worked on assignment with the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to graduate school he worked at the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES) based in Boston, helping to promote a 10-point code of corporate environmental conduct. Ken is a graduate of Macalester College (B.A.), the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (M.F.S.), and the Yale Graduate School (M.A.).
Nancy Goodman, Vice President for Policy
Nancy has been with ELM since 1998. She has primary responsibility for developing, prioritizing and advancing ELM’s environmental policy agenda on a wide range of issues, including land use and smart growth, land protection, energy and climate change, water resources, transportation, and funding for environmental programs. Much of ELM’s policy work is accomplished through Nancy’s participation in a number of coalitions, including the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance and Transportation for Massachusetts, both of which she chairs, and the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance. Nancy also oversees the development of ELM’s annual Green Budget, which advocates for sufficient funding for Massachusetts environmental agencies.
Erica Mattison, Legislative Director
Erica joined ELM in September 2013. Prior to ELM, Erica established the sustainability program at Suffolk University, earning local, state, and national recognition. She also worked at the Massachusetts State House as Executive Director of the Caucus of Women Legislators and as a legislative aide. In 2013, Erica served as a Legal Intern in the MA Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs in the General Counsel’s Office. In addition, she worked with the Office of State Senator William Brownsberger to craft climate adaptation legislation focused on flooding. Erica leads an active civic life, having served as a volunteer mediator in Small Claims Court in Boston Municipal Court, and serving as a leader with St. Mark's Area Main Street in Dorchester. Erica is a proud alumna of the UMass Commonwealth College (’03), where she was recognized with the University’s Leader of the 21st Century Award. She went on to obtain a Masters in Public Administration and a Law Degree, both from Suffolk University.
Josh Craft, Program Director
Josh joins ELM from Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), where he served as NEEP's Manager of Public Policy Analysis, helping inform policymakers about energy efficiency resources and their role in meeting broader energy policy goals in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Prior to his time at NEEP, Josh worked to advance progressive policy change at a number of organizations, including Americans for Campaign Reform in Concord, N.H., and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in Washington, D.C. A native of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and a resident of Somerville, Mass., he holds a bachelors in history from Davidson College and masters degrees in law and public policy from Northeastern University and American history from Brandeis University.
Anne Meyer, Program Associate
Anne joined the ELM team in the Spring of 2014. She is a 2014 graduate of Boston College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and completed a minor in Environmental Studies. Previously, Anne enjoyed being an intern with Cape Wind, Woods Hole Research Center, and EnergySage, where she was mainly focused on communications and branding strategies. Anne has a dedicated passion for the environment and hopes for a brighter future for our planet.
Susan Thompson, Development Director
Susan joined ELM in May of 2015, bringing more than sixteen years of development experience. From 2004 to 2015, she was the Director of Foundation and Government Relations at the New England Aquarium, where she raised grants to support programs and exhibits. Before that, Susan worked in all aspects of fundraising and member services at the New England Wild Flower Society. She holds an MBA and MA in International Relations, both from Boston University and earned her BA at the University of Vermont. Prior to entering graduate school, Susan completed two years of service in the U.S. Peace Corps.
Ellen Tomlinson, Office Manager
Ellen joined ELM as Office Manager in May of 2015 after working as our Communications and Development Intern for four months. She has Bachelors of Science 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.
Randi Soltysiak, Accountant
Randi began with ELM in March of 2015 and works part time as the organization's accountant. Randi is the coordinator of Somerville Mothers Out Front and mother to April (8) and Ari (5). She earned her BA in English from Vassar College, and her J.D. from Boston College Law School. Her community organizing began in Vermont as an AmeriCorps volunteer. She is excited to join ELM!