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 as with other environmental nonprofits to achieve effective results.
Who We Are
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 by 2050. She has particular passion for pricing carbon and expanding offshore wind.
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.
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.
Direct Dial: 617-963-0057
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.
Clare Kelly, Action Fund Executive Director
Clare recently served as President of the Reason To Believe PAC, a nationwide grassroots organization, dedicated to advancing a positive, progressive vision for our nation in 2018 and 2020. She has continued to advise candidates for local and statewide office in Massachusetts on overall campaign tactics with a focus on grassroots organizing and empowering local leaders. Over the past few years, Clare has also worked with many environmental organizations, guiding strategy, building communities and organizing advocates for policies to fight climate change and make our city and state more sustainable for the future.
Clare previously served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts State Democratic Party from 2010-2013. Before becoming Executive Director, Clare served as the Political Director for Governor Deval Patrick’s Political Action Committee and as the Field Director on his re-election campaign. During this time, she activated the Governor’s grassroots coalition to advocate for issues locally and in the legislature.
Casey Bowers, Legislative Director
Casey comes to ELM from the American Lung Association of the Northeast. As their Director of Public Policy, she developed and implemented a state legislative and policy agenda including work on renewable energy, lung diseases, and air quality. Casey was previously the Massachusetts Healthy Air Coordinator for the Lung Association serving as the field organizer for the state on a campaign to protect, enforce and strengthen the Clean Air Act. She brings a wealth of policy knowledge, legislative expertise, and organizing skills to her new role at ELM. Prior to joining the Lung Association, Casey was a consultant for five years at M+R Strategic Services where she executed successful policy, advocacy, and fundraising campaigns for clients. She has served on the executive board of Tobacco Free Mass and the Massachusetts Comprehensive Cancer Steering Committee. Casey received her Bachelor’s Degree in economics and history from the College of the Holy Cross.
Susannah Hatch, Clean Energy Coalition Director
Prior to joining the ELM team, Susannah served as Volunteer Relations Manager at the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), a leading 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, summa cum laude from Colby College. Her passion for clean energy and environmental policy stems from her interest in environmental justice, sustainability, and a lifetime steeped in conservation values.
Miriam Posner, Director of Corporate Engagement
Miriam brings expertise in both corporate engagement and environmental advocacy. Most recently, she was the founding Director of Energy & Environmental Policy at the business association A Better City. In her new role at ELM, Miriam will grow ELM’s Corporate Council and elevate the voices of the Commonwealth’s many business leaders who see the profound synergies between a strong economy and a healthy environment.
Previously, Miriam worked as a Senior Policy Analyst supporting the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, DC. She also served in the Obama White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the 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. Her Bachelor’s Degree with honors in political science is from Case Western Reserve University. Miriam also serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus and as the president of the organization’s young professionals board.
Direct Dial: 617-963-0070
Liam Garvey, Development Manager
Liam joined the ELM team in October of 2018. He is a 2018 graduate of Brandeis University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Environmental Studies. During his time at Brandeis, Liam interned for a political campaign and at the State House. More recently, he worked as an intern for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, where he focused on an energy efficiency program.
Liesel Davis, Development and Administration Associate
Liesel joined ELM in February 2020 after working at a conservation and wildlife rehabilitation center in Costa Rica for four months. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelors of Science in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution. At UCLA, she was a member of the university’s residential life programming board, managed an animal welfare campus organization, and conducted research on ecological diversity and management.
Ellen Tomlinson, Communications 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.
Katie Burnett, Program Manager
Katie joined ELM 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, Accounting and Finance Manager
Randi began with ELM in March of 2015 and works part time as the organization’s Accounting and Finance Manager. 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.
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.