What is your educational background? I completed my undergraduate degree at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and then received my law degree with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School.
What drew you to work in the environmental sector? After I graduated from high school, I joined the Student Conservation Association (SCA), the national conservation corps, rather than going straight to college. My time working for SCA in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park taught me valuable leadership skills and set me on the path of pursuing a career in the environmental field.
What’s one interesting fact about you that most people don’t know? Prior to becoming a lawyer, I spent time researching leatherback sea turtles in the Caribbean. I can still rattle off a plethora of fun facts about leatherback sea turtles.
What drew you to your company initially? Stoel Rives’ sophisticated environmental compliance counseling, permitting, and litigation practice. I was incredibly impressed with our attorneys’ technical acumen and industry knowledge.
What are three words to describe your company? Innovative, collaborative and committed to excellence (yes, I know that is more than three!)
What is the favorite part about working for your company? Our clients and my coworkers.
How has your company helped you in your career development? At every turn, Stoel Rives has supported my professional development. Most importantly, it has provided me with incredibly mentors.
ON THE INDUSTRY
What has your involvement been with NEBC? I have been involved in planning NEBC’s Business & Environment conference for six years and attended NEBC events for over a decade.
What is the best professional advice you’ve received? “Innovation occurs when different ideas and perspectives collide.”
What advice do you have for prospective candidates who want to work at your company or in the industry? Stoel Rives looks to hire environmental attorneys with a background in the environmental field, whether it is technical expertise, experience working with government agencies or other relevant experience.
What trends do you see as a part of the industry? Sustainability, climate change and emerging contaminants continue to be significant trends in the environmental field.