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  • David Howitt

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    David is the Founder, CEO and President of The Meriwether Group, Inc. and Meriwether Capital Partners, LLC – firms that specialize in strategic business acceleration and venture funding. Prior to founding The Meriwether Group, David was the Director of Licensing and Business Development for Adidas America. David also served for several years as Corporate Counsel for adidas. David’s professional background and deep commitment to the natural environment will help Earthrise set the standard for environmental clinic performance.

  • Mary Peveto

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    Mary is the founder of Neighbors for Clean Air. She worked as a marketing communication specialist in the athletic industry until she chose to stay home and raise her children. When she learned of a national study indicating that her daughters’ school was in the top 2% of schools with the nation’s worst air quality, she became an industrial air toxins activist and a tireless advocate for clean air. Earthrise has supported Neighbors for Clean Air on the issue of ESCO Corporation’s Title V air permit renewal. As Mary says, ‘Citizens now have a stronger voice that gives us the power to exercise our rights in the regulatory process and to air our concerns in an informed and effective way.’

  • Susan Mandiberg

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    Susan is the Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark Law School. Her specialties include criminal law and environmental enforcement. Susan is co-author of a treatise on the subject of environmental crimes and has written a number of articles on the same topic. She has recently lectured at national law schools in India and is active in supporting public interest law. She currently chairs the Board of Metropolitan Public Defender and is a member of the boards of the Public Interest Law Project and the Loan Repayment Assistance Program.

  • Meg Sheehan

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    Meg is a public interest environmental lawyer with over 30 years experience. She worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and as a Staff Attorney at the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority on the Boston Harbor cleanup.  She is a graduate of Colgate University and Boston College Law School.

    She is a native of Plymouth, Massachusetts and has served on the boards of several environmental organizations including the Wildlands Trust of Southeastern Massachusetts, the Jones River Watershed Association and The Nature Conservancy/Massachusetts Chapter.

    She co-founded several campaigns, including the Watershed Action Alliance of Southeastern Massachusetts, the Taunton River Campaign and Cape Cod Bay Watch.  She has worked on land protection and advocacy representing a wide range of citizen groups throughout the U.S.  Recognition for her work includes the Briggs Leadership Award from the Wildlands Trust and the John O’Connor Grassroots Leadership Award from Clean Water Action. She enjoys rowing, hiking, knitting and spending time with her family.

  • Dan Mensher

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    Daniel Mensher currently practices Complex and Environmental Litigation at Keller Rohrback in Seattle, Washington. Before joining the firm, Dan was a Clinical Professor and Staff Attorney at Earthrise Law Center. He has litigated water and waste cases across the country and is experienced in administrative rulemaking processes. He has also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rick Haselton of the Oregon Court of Appeals. Dan is a graduate of Wesleyan University with a B.A. in History, as well as holding an M.S. in Geography from University of Wisconsin. He graduated cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School, receiving his J.D., with an Environmental Law Certificate, in 2007. He is an Executive Board Member for the Oregon State Bar Environmental and Natural Resources Committee as well as a Board Member for Northwest Environmental Defense Center.

  • Alison Johnston Rue

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    Alison Johnston Rue was the CEO and cofounder of InstaEDU, the largest marketplace for online tutoring, which was acquired by Chegg for $30 million in June 2014. Today, Alison is the Director of Marketing for Learning Services at Chegg. Prior to cofounding InstaEDU, she was an early team member at Box, Aardvark (acquired by Google), and Nextdoor. She also cofounded in-home tutoring company, Cardinal Scholars, which sold to CourseHero in 2012. In 2014, Alison was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Education. Alison is looking forward to helping Earthrise with business operations and marketing.

  • Dave Pearson

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    Dave is the Advisory Council Chair. He lives with his wife, Anne, and their two sons in Portland, where he has lived since 1983. He recently retired after working for NIKE for 21 years, lastly as Director of Footwear Product Testing. His favorite activities are camping and hiking in the National Parks of the West, running (especially trail running), biking (especially bike commuting), and youth coaching. Dave brings to the Earthrise Advisory Council his passion for coaching, leadership, and building high performing teams.

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