Deborah Goldberg - Managing Attorney, Earthjustice
The Campaign of Silence: Fracking and Public Health
Deborah Goldberg is the Managing Attorney of Earthjustice's Northeast regional office, where she supervises and conducts legal advocacy and litigation related to global warming and environmental health. Her arrival at Earthjustice in July 2008 marked a return to the practice of environmental law, where she spent the first decade of her legal career. As an attorney at the law firms Berle, Kass & Case and Arnold & Porter, she concentrated in cases involving environmental impact review, historic preservation, and hazardous waste issues. She was lead counsel at the U.S. Supreme Court for the county intervenors in New York v. United States, 505 U.S. 144 (1992) (overturning portions of the Low Level Radioactive Waste Policy Amendments Act). While in private practice, she also co-authored with Michael B. Gerrard the environmental law column of the New York Law Journal.
Ms. Goldberg is a graduate of Harvard Law School, after which she served as a law clerk for then-Judge Stephen G. Breyer on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the late Constance Baker Motley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Before joining Earthjustice, she was the Democracy Program Director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, where she litigated cases, published in academic journals and the popular media, and provided congressional testimony on issues of electoral and campaign finance reform. Ms. Goldberg also holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and taught ethics for three years at Columbia University before embarking on the study and practice of law.
Mark Wenzler - Vice President of Conservation Programs, National Parks Conservation Association
Is 300 Years Too Long to Wait for Clean Air in our National Parks?
Mark Wenzler is the Vice President for Conservation Programs at National Parks Conservation Association, a not-for-profit organization working since 1919 to protect and enhance America’s National Park system for present and future generations. Mark manages multiple programs and campaigns within NPCA focused on enforcing and strengthening the laws that protect our national parks and their wildlife from air and water pollution, climate change, and other external threats.
Before coming to NPCA Mark directed the climate and energy programs at the National Environmental Trust (now the Pew Charitable Trust’s Environment Group). Mark is a lawyer who began his career as a Deputy Attorney General prosecuting environmental cases for the New Jersey Division of Law, Environmental Practice Group, and later joined the Public Justice law firm to represent organizations and communities in environmental law enforcement cases. Mark earned his undergraduate degree from Providence College, masters in international relations/economics from the Maxwell School, and juris doctor from Syracuse University College of Law in 1988.
Mark lives in Washington DC with his wife Dare Johnson Wenzler and 8-year old daughter Nina Wenzler. In addition to biking Mark enjoys backcountry skiing, backpacking, running, and spending as much time as possible in America’s national parks and wilderness areas.
Gernot Wagner - Senior Economist, Environmental Defense Fund
You Recycle. Bike. Eat Local. But Will the Planet Notice? Market-Based Solutions to Environmental Problems.
Gernot Wagner, Ph.D., is a senior economist at EDF, where he co-leads the office of economic policy and analysis to advocate for market-based solutions to a wide range of environmental problems. His particular focus is on climate and energy economics.
He teaches energy economics as adjunct faculty at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, and is the author of But Will the Planet Notice? (2011). He is a research associate at the Harvard Kennedy School and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Prior to EDF, Gernot worked for the Boston Consulting Group, focusing on the energy and sustainable development practice areas. He also wrote for the editorial board of the Financial Times in London as a Peter Martin Fellow, where he covered economics, energy and the environment.
He holds a bachelor’s in environmental science and a master’s and Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard, as well as a master’s in economics from Stanford.
Gernot lives in Cambridge, MA, with his wife, Siripanth Nippita, a gynecologist at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and their son, Annan.
Colin Hughes - Director of National Policy, The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
Designing a New Mobility Paradigm: Sustainable Transportation for Sustainable Development. Changing Lives and Saving the Climate.
Colin K. Hughes is an urban planner and international development specialist serving as Director of National Policy & Project Evaluation at the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy, which promotes sustainable transport worldwide. Colin directs sustainable transport policy initiatives across ITDP's field offices in 8 countries, manages project evaluation, and is leading the implementation of non-motorized transport planning in three Asian countries. Colin played a key role in organizing the recent joint commitment of $175 billion to sustainable transport by the 8 largest development banks at the UN Conference for Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro and is the lead author of ITDP’s forthcoming Bike Share Planning Technical Guide.
Previously, Colin helped plan Asia’s largest and fastest bus rapid transit system and lead the planning and design for new cycle tracks and a bike sharing system in Guangzhou, China. Colin also developed greenhouse gas models for the UN, developed urbanism projects for the Asian Development Bank, and was a researcher for Bay Area Rapid Transit. Before his work in urban planning, Colin organized prison workers in Georgia, worked at the US Embassy in Sarajevo, and lead group bicycle tours in over a dozen countries. Colin holds a Masters of City Planning from the University of California - Berkeley and a Bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin. He is the proud captain of Team ITDP at the Climate Ride.
Cy Maramangalam - DC Lead Educator, Alliance for Climate Education
Filling in the Gaps on Climate Education in the Classroom
Prior to working for ACE, Cy was the youth educator for the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. Known as "Mr. Cy", he taught thousands of elementary school students in Philadelphia how to be safe and have fun while riding their bike around town. He was raised in Northern New Jersey and has degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida and Ramapo College in NJ. He has an educational background that covers engineering, human factors, psychology, math, physics, and education, and has been involved in various non-profit organizations and events.
As a Philadelphia Teaching Fellow, Cy has gained invaluable experience as a high school mathematics teacher at Kensington Creative & Performing Arts High School. He has had the opportunity to inspire many of his students, and he also created the Breakdance Club, which continues to be a hit. Cy loves cycling for fun and for his commute, and plans to cycle across the country one day. His other hobbies include rock climbing, mountaineering, snowboarding, scuba diving, surfing, and playing his guitar. He is very excited to work for an organization that combines his love for teaching, his passion for the environment, and desire to work in the non-profit sector.
Dan Lashof - Climate and Clean Air Program Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
Closing the Carbon Pollution Loophole: How President Obama Can Use the Clean Air Act to Clean Up America's Biggest Climate Polluters
Dan is the director of NRDC's climate and clean air program. His main focus is solutions to global warming, in particular developing federal regulations and legislation to place enforceable limits on carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping pollutants. Dan has participated in scientific assessments of global warming through the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and has monitored international climate negotiations since their inception. He has a bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics from Harvard and a doctorate from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. Dan became an environmentalist the first time he went backpacking on the continental divide above Boulder, Colorado. He lives in New York with his wife Diane and enjoys bicycling, hiking, and skiing when there is enough snow.
Monika Weber-Fahr - Director, Knowledge, Learning & Results, Sustainable Development Network, The World Bank
The World Bank's 4 Degree Report: The Link Between Climate, Poverty, and the Effect on Decades of Development Work
Monika Weber-Fahr works with the World Bank Group in Washington DC – an international organization dedicated to reducing poverty and supporting economic growth in developing countries through finance and advisory services. In the Group’s “Sustainable Development Network”, the part that deals with all infrastructure and environment related sectors and topics, including climate change and social development, Monika coordinates learning and knowledge management activities and leads the development for and use of performance indicators in the World Bank’s lending and knowledge services portfolio. She has worked for the World Bank for 15+ years, in different assignments with different regional and global orientations, all in one way or another related to innovation, knowledge and sustainability. Monika also worked in business consulting, research, and journalism, in various “previous lives”, in Germany and the UK. An economist by academic training, she is as passionate about data as about story telling.
Monika, a mother of two active (cycling) boys of 8 and 11, is a life-time cyclist – even if up to now cycling has been a means of transport for her, not a sport.
Antonia Sohns - Water and Energy Analyst, The World Bank
Antonia works with the World Bank on the Thirsty Energy initiative, which will contribute to client countries' efforts to develop an integrated management framework for the water and energy sectors. The initiative will focus on identifying potential synergies and constraints between water and energy planning. Before working at the World Bank, Antonia was the Rural Affairs intern for the Domestic Policy Council in the White House, and has worked for several NGOs in the United States and in Thailand. She has a bachelor's degree in Earth Systems from Stanford University and a master's degree in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford. She lives in Washington, D.C. and loves backpacking, skiing, and storytelling.
Andy Clarke - President, League of American Bicyclists
Andy Clarke was appointed to the position of Executive Director in April of 2004 after successfully leading efforts to create, interpret and implement the various transportation programs that are available to improve conditions for bicycling and walking as the League’s State and Local Advocacy Director. Before joining the League in February 2003, Clarke was on contract to provide technical assistance to the highly regarded Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center on site at the Federal Highway Administration. In addition to his strong policy background, Clarke has managed a range of bicycle and pedestrian planning projects at the state and metropolitan levels and has worked extensively with state and local advocacy groups. Clarke is a 1984 graduate of the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom with an undergraduate degree in Law. He is on the Board of Directors for America Bikes, and a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycling Professionals.
NYC-DC 2013 Rider Photo Scavenger Hunt