Georgetown Climate Center's State Advisors

The following individuals currently serve on the Georgetown Climate Center's state advisory board

Deborah Markowitz

Deborah Markowitz

Deborah Markowitz is the Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, the state agency with primary responsibility for protecting Vermont's environment, natural resources and wildlife and for maintaining Vermont's forests and state parks. Markowitz was named to that position by Governor Peter Shumlin in January 2011.

Secretary Markowitz previously served as Vermont's Secretary of State from 1999 until 2011. Markowitz has a distinguished record of achievement and is widely recognized for enhancing customer service at the Secretary of State's office, improving access to government and strengthening Vermont's democracy. As Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, Markowitz has shaped the environmental agenda of the state, focusing on the challenges of climate change, habitat fragmentation and the need to make Vermont more resilient to flooding. She believes that given today's challenges that Vermont must find new and creative approaches to care for its natural resources, to build strong communities, and to support its working landscape for a sustainable future.

A graduate of the University of Vermont (B.A., 1983), Markowitz received her Juris Doctorate degree from the Georgetown University Law Center (magna cum laude,1987). Markowitz served as a law clerk with Justice Louis Peck of the Vermont Supreme Court (1987 - 1988) and practiced law with Langrock, Sperry, Parker and Wool (1988 - 1990). She served as the founding director of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns Municipal Law Center (1990 - 1997), where she published numerous handbooks and academic papers on local government law and lectured locally and nationally on issues related to municipal law and on ethics in government. Markowitz is the author of the Vermont Municipal Guide to Land Use Regulation (1997) and Vermont Municipal Environmental Handbook (1995).

 

Mary Nichols

Mary Nichols

Mary D. Nichols, J.D., was reappointed Chairman of the California Air Resources Board by Governor Jerry Brown in January 2011, a post she previously held under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger from 2007 to 2010 and under Governor Brown (during his first tenure) from 1979 to 1983. At ARB she is responsible for implementing California's landmark greenhouse gas emissions legislation as well as setting air pollution standards for motor vehicles, fuels and consumer products.

After graduating from Cornell University and Yale Law School, Ms. Nichols practiced environmental law in Los Angeles, bringing cases on behalf of environmental and public health organizations to enforce state and federal clean air legislation. President Clinton appointed her to head the Office of Air and Radiation at U.S. EPA, where she was responsible for, among many other regulatory breakthroughs, the acid rain trading program and setting the first air quality standard for fine particles.

She also served as California's Secretary for Natural Resources from 1999 to 2003. Prior to her return to the ARB, Ms. Nichols was Professor of Law and Director of the Institute of the Environment at UCLA.

 

Doug Scott

Doug Scott

Doug Scott was appointed by Governor Pat Quinn as chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) effective March 3, 2011. His term expires January 20, 2014. Mr. Scott is currently a member of the Energy, Resources and Environment Committee for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and of the Task Force on Environmental Regulation.

Prior to his appointment, he served as director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency from 2005 to 2011. During those years, he chaired the Illinois Governor’s Climate Change and Advisory Committee and was a member of the Midwestern Governors’ Association panel charged with developing a regional cap-and-trade system. He was a member of the Air Committee for Environmental Council of States (ECOS) and the U.S. EPA Environmental Financial Advisory Board. He is on a number of boards and committees, including serving as chair of The Climate Registry Board of Directors and co-chair of the Keystone Foundation Energy Board. 

He was elected and served as mayor of Rockford, Illinois from 2001 to 2005. As mayor he held leadership positions in the Illinois Municipal League, United States Conference of Mayors and the national League of Cities. He also served as president of the Illinois Chapter of the National Brownfield Association. Mr. Scott was elected a state representative from the 67th district in 1995 and served in the General Assembly until 2001 when he became mayor. He also served the city as city attorney.

 

Jared Snyder

Jared Snyder

Jared Snyder is Assistant Commissioner for Air Resources, Climate Change & Energy at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. In that capacity, he oversees New York’s development and implementation of clean air programs and programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Mr. Snyder is co-chair of the International Carbon Action Partnership and he currently represents New York on the Board of Directors of the Climate Registry.

Prior to joining DEC in 2007, he served as Chief of the Affirmative Litigation Section of the Environmental Protection Bureau for the State Office of the Attorney General for the past 12 years. In that position, he handled numerous climate change and clean air lawsuits for the State of New York.

From 1990-1995, he worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, handling enforcement matters in the areas of air pollution, water pollution, and hazardous waste. Mr. Snyder has a B.A. in economics from Cornell University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

 

Laurie Burt

Laurie Burt

Laurie Burt is President of Laurie Burt, LLC, providing independent strategic advice in the clean energy, climate and environmental space to foundations, businesses, non-profits and public officials throughout New England and the country. Ms. Burt most recently served as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection under Governor Deval Patrick where she championed the integration of energy and environmental programs, energy efficiency opportunities for all utilities and public infrastructure, and market-based policies to promote new technology, jobs and a clean energy economy.

As Commissioner, Ms. Burt represented MA on the regional and national stage on major carbon reduction efforts, including the multi-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and Transportation Climate Initiative. She served as Vice Chair of RGGI, Chair of the regional Ozone Transport Commission, and was a leading member of the State Voice group, a bi-partisan national coalition of state environmental officials supporting federal and state clean energy policies.

Ms. Burt has practiced law for over 25 years, at Foley Hoag, LLP where she started the firm’s environmental practice group, and previously as a MA Assistant Attorney General. She served as Vice President of the Boston Bar Foundation and Chair of the Appalachian Mountain Club and the New England Legal Foundation. Ms. Burt is currently a member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, and serves on the boards of the Environmental Law Institute and the Union of Concerned Scientists National Advisory Board.

 

Robert Martineau

Robert Martineau

Robert “Bob” Martineau was selected seventh Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam in January 2011.

His environmental leadership at TDEC has been recognized at the national level as he was elected by his peers as President for the Environmental Council of the States, the national association of state environmental officers. This is the first time a head of TDEC has been elected to any top leadership post at ECOS. As a respected voice, he has testified before Congress twice in the past year, sharing the states’ perspective on emerging environmental issues like modernizing the Clean Air Act, regulation of coal ash, and the balance of responsibilities between states and federal government in environmental management.

Commissioner Martineau has spent more than 25 years as an attorney in the field of environmental law. This includes seven years of service in the Office of General Counsel for the U.S. EPA in Washington, D.C. (1988-1994) and 16 years as a partner in private practice at the Waller law firm in Nashville where he was recognized in Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA for his expertise in environmental law. 

 

David Thornton

David Thornton

David Thornton, assistant commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the agency's air policies to improve and maintain air quality in Minnesota.

David joined the MPCA staff in 1980 as the Acid Rain Coordinator. After that, he managed air quality monitoring, data analysis and air policy activities for many years. Most recently he has been involved with implementing federal regional haze regulations, and developing policies to help reduce air emissions, particularly mercury emissions from power plants.

Originally from Texas, David is a graduate of Texas Christian University with a degree in chemistry and attended graduate school at the University of Minnesota where he studied atmospheric chemistry and environmental science.

 

Martha Rudolph

Martha Rudolph

Martha E. Rudolph serves as the director of environmental programs for the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, providing oversight to the Air Pollution Control, Hazardous Materials and Waste Management, Water Quality Control and Environmental Health and Sustainability divisions. 

An experienced environmental attorney, Rudolph served for 14 years in the Colorado attorney general’s office, where she represented the Air Pollution Control Division, the Hazardous Waste Commission and the Water Quality Control Commission.  Rudolph has also been in private practice in Denver.

Rudolph is an active member of the Environmental Council of States where she currently serves as the Vice President.  Ms. Rudolph has also served as the ECOS Secretary/Treasurer, Chair of the Air Committee, and Vice Chair of the Planning Committee.