President & Chair
Kay Treakle is Executive Director of the Harder Foundation. Prior to coming to Harder, Kay was a Program Officer in the Environment Program at the C.S. Mott Foundation, in the Reform of International Finance and Trade grantmaking area. Kay is the former Executive Director of the DC-based watchdog group, the Bank Information Center, where she advocated for transparency, accountability, and environmental and indigenous rights policies at the World Bank. She has also been a senior manager, campaigner, and Board member of Greenpeace USA and Greenpeace International. Past board services include the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity, the Pesticide Action Network, and the Washington Toxics Coalition.
Michael Axline is a partner in the Miller, Axline & Sawyer law firm in Sacramento, bringing cutting-edge toxic tort cases involving contamination of public water supply systems. Mike was a law professor at the University of Oregon for more than 15 years before joining Miller, Axline & Sawyer full-time in 2004. Mike founded the Western Environmental Law Center in 1993, a regional public interest environmental law firm with offices in Oregon, New Mexico, and Colorado. Mike filed the first lawsuit on behalf of the endangered spotted owl in the Pacific Northwest and has worked on cases involving endangered species, habitat destruction, water pollution, air pollution, forestry, grazing, toxic substances, pesticides, and other environmental issues. His book, Environmental Citizen Suits, is an invaluable resource for practitioners. Mike is a founder of the ELAW network and consults on ELAW legal projects.
John Bonine has worked to protect the environment through law for 45 years, first at the U.S. Senate, then at the U.S. EPA. Currently, John is a law professor at the University of Oregon and founder of the Environmental Law Clinic at the University. He has focused on building a support system for grassroots environmental lawyers in the U.S. and around the world. He is the author of the books "The Law of Environmental Protection" and "Human Rights and the Environment". John is a founder of ELAW U.S. and maintains regular contact with lawyers in the ELAW network, develops new projects for ELAW and advises on legal projects. John travels widely and introduces ELAW to new advocates.
Maxine Burkett is a Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. At Richardson, she teaches Climate Change Law and Policy, Torts, Ocean and Coastal Law, and International Law. She has written extensively in diverse areas of climate change law with a particular focus on climate justice. Professor Burkett has presented her research on the law and policy of climate change throughout the United States and in West Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean. She has been cited in numerous news and policy outlets, including BBC Radio, the New York Times, the International Business Times, and Nature Climate Change.
Elaine Chang has worked in international education for almost 30 years. Most recently, she was the Strategic Advisor at the World Affairs Council in Seattle. Prior to this, she was Assistant Dean of the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, where she launched and directed the Marc Lindenberg Center for Humanitarian Action, International Development and Global Citizenship. She has also been a lecturer at Janus Pannonius University in Hungary for the Soros Foundation's Civic Education Project, a translator on the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior, and a program manager for King County's Waste Reduction and Recycling Program.
David Hunter is Professor of Law, Director of the International Legal Studies Program, and Director of the Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law at American University’s Washington College of Law. He served as Executive Director of the Center for International Environmental Law, and was an environmental consultant to the Czech and Slovak environmental ministries. He was an environmental associate at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and Executive Director of WaterWatch of Oregon. David is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and is co-author of International Environmental Law and Policy (Foundation Press) and Climate Change and the Law (Lexis Nexis Publishing).
William Jaeger is a professor in the Department of Applied Economics at Oregon State University. He teaches environmental and resource economics. He has worked on water economics and policy, environmental taxation, land use regulations, renewable energy, economic development, agriculture, and sustainability. He taught for twelve years at Williams College, MA before coming to Oregon State University in 2001. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari, Italy and has taught at the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. His prior experience includes five years as a research economist at the World Bank where he worked on agricultural development in Africa. He published Environmental Economics for Tree Huggers and Other Skeptics, Island Press in 2005.
Glenn Miller, a mining expert, is an environmental chemistry professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science at the University of Nevada at Reno. His research interests include the effects of mine waste on aquatic systems. He holds a Ph.D. in agricultural chemistry from the University of California at Davis. Glenn has helped ELAW advocates around the world challenge environmental damage caused by mines.
Cleven Mmari is the Director of Information Technology at the University of Oregon’s Divisions of Student Life and Undergraduate Studies. Cleven has worked in higher education IT for 22 years. He studied electrical engineering at the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, before transferring to the University of Oregon where he studied Mathematics and Computer Science. Since 2010, Cleven has volunteered with Network Startup Resource Center and conducted IT trainings across Africa. He will complete a Master's of Public Administration (MPA) at the University of Oregon in June 2018. Cleven has been a friend of ELAW and welcomed lawyers from around the world since the mid-90’s.
Jim Offel is interim Executive Director at Congregation Beth El in Berkeley, California. He previously served as interim CEO for the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation, a large operating foundation funding human services, education and culture projects and organizations in the Bay Area, Israel, and around the world. Jim has spent more than 20 years in marketing and operations, including serving as general manager of DCP, a diversified custom content company serving organizations throughout the U.S. In addition to serving on the board of ELAW, Jim has served on the boards of Berkeley Crew, Congregation Beth El, Soquel-Capitola School Board, the Child and Family Therapy Center, and the East Bay Agency for Children.
Scott Pope is the Senior Investment Advisor for Sustainable Wealth Management in Eugene, Oregon. A firm entirely devoted to socially and environmentally responsible investments. Before founding Sustainable Wealth Management, Scott was a key advisor and helped build the success of Progressive Investment Management of Portland, Oregon. Scott is a Certified Financial Planner and is a member of the Financial Planning Association. In 2005 and 2006, Scott was appointed by Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy to serve on the Sustainable Business Initiative. Scott formerly served on the board of the Pacific Rivers Council.
Amy Shannon is Senior Advisor to Alianza Americas, a national network of Latino immigrant organizations. She provides strategic and programmatic guidance to the Alliance, with a focus on economic and environmental justice. She is also a non-profit management consultant, primarily assisting foundations and NGOs with program design and project evaluation. She has worked extensively in philanthropy, both as a consultant and as a program officer in the Environment Programs at both the C.S. Mott Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Amy has lived and worked extensively in Latin America, and now resides in Chicago. She holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, where she conducted research on rural financial systems, sustainable enterprise, and social marketing.
Mick Westrick is the Director of Information Technology at the University of Washington's Foster School of Business. Mick has worked in higher ed IT for 25 years, and started his career at University of Oregon prior to relocating to Seattle and UW in 2004. Mick's ties to ELAW go back to the early 90's, when he built our first web server. Mick's other volunteer work includes serving as board president for netCorps and work on the Oregon Country Fair and Seattle's Moisture Festival. Mick is a graduate of UO and lives in Seattle with his partner Bret and their dog, Buster.