PURPOSE

To secure the health and wellbeing of the environment and of future generations.

VISION

A world where government fully recognizes the challenges we face and moves swiftly and effectively to address them.

MISSION

We advocate for policy that meets the scale and urgency of our environmental challenges.

VALUES

We think systemically and plan for the future.

We are driven by the potential of our work to impact future generations. We see the connection between all things: people and planet, policy and social justice, environmental and economic health. We think critically about intersectionality and the complexities of cause and effect.

We are strategic and ambitious.

We are motivated by the enormity of the challenges we face and by Massachusetts’ potential to lead the world. We are science-based, data-driven, and results-oriented. We choose priorities based on their impact on the Commonwealth and their potential to be adapted and scaled.

We prioritize equity, inclusion, and environmental justice.

We recognize that bias, racism, classism, and privilege determine who has power. We use our influence to help remedy the harm caused by centuries of environmental racism and to build a more equitable future. We are dedicated to anti-racism and to reckoning with our own biases.

Partnerships are at the heart of how we work.

We believe that trust is the foundation for progress. Our strength is rooted in our relationships. We convene varied stakeholders to forge common ground. If we disagree, it is with respect. We listen carefully, consider divergent perspectives, and operate with integrity.


Staff

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. She has particular passion for expanding offshore wind, ending tailpipe pollution, and electing environmental champions to office.

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.

In April 2021, Elizabeth was named #34 on Boston Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential Bostonians. She was also a member of the 2020 Boston Business Journals 40 Under 40.

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.

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.

Nancy Goodman

Vice President for Policy

Nancy is responsible for setting the strategic course for our policy engagement. She leads our policy team and oversees its work to develop and advance ELM’s priorities. She has primary responsibility for a number of key issues including reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, environmental justice, carbon pricing and smart growth. Prior to coming to ELM, Nancy worked for the Massachusetts Bays Program. Before graduate school, Nancy lived and worked in Washington, D.C. as a development professional for Common Cause, the International Human Rights Law Group (now Global Rights), and the Center for Marine Conservation (now Ocean Conservancy). Nancy has a Masters in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University and a B.A. from George Washington University in French Language and Literature. Nancy is a long-time Somerville resident and sits on the Board of the Boston Area Gleaners.

Casey Bowers

Assistant Vice President for Government Relations

Casey joined ELM in 2018. As the Assistance Vice President for Government Relations, she is responsible for developing and achieving ELM’s policy goals across state, federal, and local government.

She previously served as the American Lung Association of the Northeast’s Massachusetts Director of Public Policy, where her portfolio included work on renewable energy, lung diseases, and air quality. Casey has a wealth of policy knowledge, legislative expertise, and organizing skills from her time serving as the field organizer for the state on a campaign to protect, enforce and strengthen the Clean Air Act and a consultant at M+R Strategic Services, a boutique advocacy firm.

Casey received her Bachelor’s Degree in economics and history from the College of the Holy Cross.

Susannah Hatch

Clean Energy Coalition Director

Susannah joined ELM in January 2020. Her primary focus of her work is to grow and support our growing and diverse coalition, New England for Offshore Wind. She will also be supporting the Global Warming Solutions Project, a network of Massachusetts environmental organizations dedicated to keeping the Commonwealth accountable to its climate goals.

Prior to joining the ELM team, Susannah worked in volunteer management at the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), a 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 from Colby College. Her passion for clean energy and environmental policy stems from her interest in sustainability and climate policy, and she is delighted to bring her experience in capacity building and community engagement to ELM in support of its goals to expand New England commitments to offshore wind.

Miriam Posner Harris

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Miriam Posner Harris joined the ELM team in 2018. As the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Miriam is responsible for building and growing ELM’s brand, identifying and leveraging strategic partnerships and crafting persuasive messaging to enhance its reputation, resources, reach, and impact on environmental policy. She also manages ELM’s Corporate Council, an alliance of some of the state’s biggest businesses that recognize the profound synergies between a healthy environment and a thriving economy. She works to bring to the forefront companies that have a demonstrated commitment to sustainable operations and recognize the value in advocating to state government leaders to implement bold, practical, well-designed policies.

Previously, Miriam was the founding Director of Energy & Environmental Policy at A Better City, a business association representing 130 members of the business and institutional community of Greater Boston. She led the organization’s clean energy and climate policy efforts, including the development of strategic and impactful legislative and research agendas. Miriam collaborated with state and local officials, public-sector staff, and other stakeholders to execute upon those identified priorities.

Before returning home to Massachusetts, Miriam spent four years as a Senior Policy Analyst at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, DC, supporting on energy system resilience and reliability, including working as an emergency responder during Hurricane Sandy. She also served in the Obama White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the US 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 where she was the recipient of the Institutional Service and Leadership Award. Her Bachelor’s Degree with honors in Political Science and Public Policy is from Case Western Reserve University.

Ellen Tomlinson

Communications Manager

Ellen joined the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) team in 2015. As Communications Manager, she drives ELM’s organizational messaging to the press, supporters, and the general public. Ellen engages and educates a diverse array of stakeholders about connection between ELM’s policy priorities and the real impacts climate change can have on Massachusetts families and communities. By articulating compelling stories through graphics, email, social media, and other channels she mobilizes support for strong environmental policy on Beacon Hill.

She holds Bachelor’s degrees 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.

Maliha Khan

Campaigns and Fellowship Manager

Maliha joined ELM in January of 2020. She started off as a Campaign and Advocacy Fellow, and was shortly hired as a Campaign and Fellowship Manager. Her desire to increase her exposure to policy and advocacy originated when she interned with ELM in her undergraduate studies. After taking various courses on the impact of poor environmental conditions as a leading factor in human health concerns, she felt it imperative to elect climate and environmental conscious candidates throughout the Commonwealth. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Political Science and Environmental Studies, and a Masters in Public Policy from Suffolk University.

Randi Soltysiak

Accounting and Finance Manager

Randi joined the ELM staff in March of 2015 as the organization’s Accounting and Finance Manager. She manages all Accounting, Finance, and HR operations including payroll and benefits, financial reporting, and the annual audit process. Randi provides financial visibility to the Leadership Team to allow for informed programmatic planning and decision making.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.

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The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) is committed to combating climate change and protecting the commonwealth’s land, water, and public health. By creating diverse alliances and building the power of the environmental community, ELM uses its collective influence to ensure Massachusetts is a leader in environmental and economic sustainability.

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