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, serving as a board member with Greater Ashmont Main Street, a neighborhood revitalization organization in Dochester, and advocating for safer streets. 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.
Eric Wilkinson, Director for Climate and Energy Policy
Eric joined ELM in 2016. Prior to joining ELM, Eric served as Senior External Affairs Representative at ISO New England, the entity responsible for managing the wholesale energy grid. Eric’s responsibilities included environmental, climate change and renewable energy issues. Eric served as the lead for External Affairs on both the ISO’s energy-efficiency and distributed generation forecasts. Eric also served as Policy Advisor to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, overseeing implementation of the Board’s smart growth main extension rules and providing guidance on smart growth issues. He was Policy Director at New Jersey Future and a senior contributor to their smart growth and sustainable development policy analysis and initiatives. Eric has also worked as director of the EPA’s Voluntary Standards Network, and as a member of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. Eric holds a Juris Doctorate and a Masters in the Study of Environmental Law, cum laude from the Vermont Law School.
Joe O'Brien, Political Director
Joe earned a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Fordham University in 1991 and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2000. Joe is also an adjunct professor at Clark University and has more than 25 years of experience in government, electoral politics, issue advocacy, and community service. Joe served three terms on the Worcester School Committee and in 2009 became the first elected Mayor of Worcester who had not previously served on the City Council. Following his time as Mayor, he served one term on the Worcester City Council. Joe has extensive electoral management experience playing a leadership role for more than 20 federal, state and local candidates for public office. He worked as the District Director for U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Worcester, where he oversaw the Congressman’s three district offices and served as a liaison to city and town officials. Prior to coming to the Action Fund Joe was the Political and Finance Director for Congressman McGovern Re-Election Committee.
Anne Meyer, Development Coordinator
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.
Ellen Tomlinson, Development Associate
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.
Katie Burnett, Office Manager
Katie joined ELM as Office Manager in January of 2017. She started working in environmental advocacy as a communications intern for Conservation Voters of South Carolina and previously worked as our Climate Change and Energy Policy Intern. She has Bachelors of Science in Biology and Environmental Studies from Wellesley College. While at Wellesley she was a varsity member of their rowing team and spent time volunteering with Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Randi Soltysiak, Accountant
Randi began with ELM in March of 2015 and works part time as the organization’s accountant. Randi is an active leader in Mothers Out Front and mother to April (9) and Ari (6). 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.
Past to Present
Advocates for responsible environmental policy since 1898!
Originally established as the Massachusetts Forestry Association, the organization continually became involved with related environmental issues. Reflecting our broadened scope, the name was changed in 1993 to the Environmental League of Massachusetts.
ELM’s advocacy efforts encompass climate issues, protection of habitats and species, land preservation, development of urban parks, smart-growth planning, protection of water resources, and curtailing exposure to toxins in everyday living — the whole range of modern environmental issues that have an impact on our health and quality of life in Massachusetts.