The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund helps pass laws that protect our environmental legacy, holds our elected officials accountable, and works to build the political power of the environmental community.
Good Policy alone is often not enough. We’re planning our future. The Environmental community needs:
- To create a political strategy that supports public officials who protect the environment.
- To elevate our issues, even on the agenda of those who support our work.
Check out our plan for 2018-2020 to learn more about our legislative priorities.
Who We Are
President: Elizabeth Henry
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.
Action Fund Executive Director: Clare Kelly
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.
Vice President for Policy: Nancy Goodman
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.
General Counsel and Director of Energy Policy: Eric Wilkinson
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.
Legislative Director: Casey Bowers
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.
Development Manager: Anne Meyer
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.
Development Associate: Liam Garvey
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.
Communications Manager: Ellen Tomlinson
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.
Program Manager: Katie Burnett
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.
Accounting and Finance Manager: Randi Soltysiak
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.