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
Elizabeth Turnbull Henry, ELM President
A proven corporate sustainability leader, she makes the economic case for Massachusetts to lead the nation in environmental quality, innovative policy, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Prior to joining ELM, Elizabeth managed climate, energy & environmental programs at the global retailer Adidas. She designed the greenENERGY Fund, investing in energy efficiency, renewables and distributed energy. She also advanced the sustainability of new construction, co-led the team that set Adidas’ industry-leading targets for sustainability, and raised Adidas’ voice on national and global climate policy. Elizabeth was an EDF Climate Corps Fellow in 2010. 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 Jamaica Plain with her husband and two children.
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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.
Eric Wilkinson, General Counsel and Director of 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.
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Joe O'Brien, Action Fund Executive 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 Wright, Director of Grassroots Advocacy and Organizing
Anne comes to the Action Fund after doing voter registration and engagement work with at-risk youth in poor urban and rural communities, through the nonprofit YouthBuild USA, since 2004. A fierce believer in “people power,” she cut her teeth on environmental work starting in 2014 when her concern about climate change led her to drop in on a local meeting of Mothers Out Front. She served as her local Community Team coordinator and helped earn the group and her town of Arlington recognition as a “Sustainability Leader” by Mass Energy after they established green Community Choice Electricity for all town residents. She also helped lead Mothers Out Front’s national Learning and Expansion Team, helping to expand the grassroots group to 8 new states in 2016 and ’17.
Anne earned her BA from Smith College and a master’s degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. She lives in East Arlington with her partner Eric and the two of their four children who have not yet flown the nest.
Anne Meyer, Development Manager
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.
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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, 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, 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.