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Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC)



Mark RiskedahlExecutive 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. 


Hannah ClementsLaw Clerk
Hannah is a Pacific Northwest native and grew up in the Seattle area, just up the street from the shores of the Puget Sound. She studied biology at Lewis & Clark College and conducted research on urban forest restoration in Portland. Upon starting law school, Hannah became involved with NEDC right away as a volunteer and student board member. Hannah is passionate about the power of small organizations like NEDC to affect change on a local level. She is excited for what is on the horizon as the NEDC law clerk and plans to continue to pursue public interest work in the environmental field once her term is over. Hannah values a healthy, balanced lifestyle and in her free time enjoys trail running and hiking, riding her bike, admiring wildflowers, and making jewelry.