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Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC)

About NEDC


Mark Riskedahl, Executive Director
Mark grew up in a little house on the prairie in rural North Dakota. He received a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and his J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School.  Before attending law school, Mark worked in the social services, primarily with people dealing with autism.  During law school, Mark worked as the NEDC Law Clerk, a Project Coordinator, and Student Director.  Following graduation, Mark helped institutionalize NEDC’s capacity to protect the environment and natural resources of the Pacific Northwest by becoming the organization’s first full-time Executive Director. 



Lucy Brookham, Law Clerk
Lucy  grew up in the quaint British countryside just outside of London. She moved to the USA in 2008 when she was recruited to run for the University of Utah’s Division I track team. An avid runner with an immense passion for the outdoors, it was her time in Salt Lake City that sparked her interest in defending the environment. Prior to coming to Lewis & Clark, Lucy spent two years in Philadelphia earning a Masters in communication, with an emphasis in environmental communication. She also worked at the Public Interest Law Center in Philadelphia, furthering her interest in environmental justice issues. During her first year at Lewis & Clark, Lucy volunteered on NEDC’s Cleaner Air Oregon project, and was voted onto the NEDC board as a student board member. She is extremely enthusiastic about continuing her work as the NEDC law Clerk for 2017-2018.