President & Chair
David Hunter is Assistant Professor of Law at American University's Washington College of Law, and Director of the Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law. He is President of Peregrine Environmental Consulting. 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 Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington, D.C. and Executive Director of WaterWatch in Portland. David is a Harvard Law School graduate and has written many articles on international environmental law. He is co-author of International Environmental Law and Policy, 2nd Edition (Foundation Press: 2001). David lives in Washington, D.C.
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 35 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 teaches an LL.M. Seminar at the UO Law School to help create the next generation of environmental lawyers. He has focused on building a support system for grassroots environmental lawyers in the U.S. and around the world. His book, The Law of Environmental Protection, is used in many law schools. 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. He designs and troubleshoots electronic mail connections throughout the network. John travels widely and introduces ELAW to new advocates.
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.
Cheryl Coon, an environmental attorney, has worked on marine issues for 31 years. She served as Assistant Attorney General to the Department of Conservation for the U.S. Virgin Islands; as legal counsel to the Virgin Islands Coastal Zone Management Commission; as Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the Investigations Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Technology and Space; as Legal Counsel to the Ocean Policy Subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee; as Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Natural Resources Section of the Oregon Department of Justice; and as Conservation Manager for Portland Audubon. She has taught Ocean and Coastal Law at the Northwestern School of Law in Portland, Oregon. She holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and an L.L.M. in marine law from the University of Washington School of Law. She currently collaborates on efforts to establish marine reserves and marine protected areas in Oregon. Cheryl is with Swanson, Thomas and Coon of Portland, Oregon.
William Jaeger is a professor in the Graduate Program in Applied Economics and in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Oregon State University. He is a policy specialist, and does research in environmental and resource economics, public economics, agriculture, and sustainable development. He has worked on a range of policy-related issues including taxation, water allocation, 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 a professor and the Director of the Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences and Health 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.
Jim Offel is interim CEO of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, a large operating foundation funding human services, education and culture projects and organizations in the Bay Area, in Israel, and around the world. Prior to joining the Federation in 2010, Jim spent more than twenty years in marketing and operations, most recently serving as general manager of DCP, a diversified custom content company serving profit and nonprofit 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 in Berkeley, Soquel-Capitola School Board, the Child and Family Therapy Center, and the East Bay Agency for Children.
Jim is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree and a California State multi-subject teaching credential. He resides in Berkeley with his wife and daughter.
Scott Pope is the Senior Investment Advisor for Sustainable Wealth Management in Eugene, Oregon. 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 currently serves on the advisory board of Pacific Rivers Council.
Amy Shannon is Senior Advisor to the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities, 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.