Our Mission

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.

We are also the state affiliate of League of Conservation Voters which advocates for sound environmental laws and policies, holds elected officials accountable for their votes and actions, and elects pro-environment candidates who will champion our priority issues.

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.

ELM ACTION FUND 2020 PLAN

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.

Assistant Vice President for Government Relations: 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.

Clean Energy Coalition Director: Susannah Hatch

Susannah joined ELM in January 2020. Her primary focus will be to grow and support the New England Coalition for Offshore Wind. She will also be supporting the Global Warming Solutions Project.

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.

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships: Miriam Posner

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.

Development Manager: 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.

Events and Operations Coordinator: Liesel Davis

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.

Communications Manager: Ellen Tomlinson

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.

Campaigns and Fellowship 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.