Lin Laughy, President (Kooskia, ID)
A long-time resident of Idaho’s Clearwater Valley, during the past 12 years Lin has guided over 5000 heritage travelers in north central Idaho as an outfitter and through such organizations as Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic. Lin is an author, a former public school and university educator in Alaska, and continues a rural lifestyle beside the Middlefork of the Clearwater River.
Lin is a co-founder of Fighting Goliath, which recently challenged the attempted state and corporate conversion of the Clearwater/Lochsa River Wild and Scenic River Corridor into a permanent transportation route for giant Asian-manufactured mining equipment headed to the Alberta tar sands. Lin is an honors graduate of Harvard College and holds masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Montana.
Paul Hilding, Vice President (Boise, ID)
Paul is an attorney specializing in insurance bad faith litigation, representing policy holders exclusively. He is a 1983 graduate of Duke Law School. Paul has been practicing law in San Diego for over 30 years, and founded his own law firm there in 1993. Paul and his wife now live in Boise, where he is devoting part of his time to environmental matters.
Eric Younger, Treasurer (Ketchum, ID)
Eric received his BA from Occidental College in 1988 and earned a Masters in International Management from Thunderbird School of Management in 1997, after working in private business and serving in the Peace Corps. For the past 15 years, Eric has held leadership positions with non-profit organizations to further issues of sustainable development. Most recently, Eric was the Executive Director of the Foundation for Sustainable Development in San Francisco. He has worked with over 250 national and international grassroots non-profits to further their efficacy by providing technical training, grants and interns.
Justin Hayes, Secretary (Boise, ID)
Justin lives in Boise with his wife and two young kids. As the Program Director for the Idaho Conservation League, he oversees the organization’s conservation efforts to protect Idaho’s water quality, wildlands and the quality of life enjoyed by all Idahoans. In addition to this coordination and supervision role, Justin carries out much of the more technical air and water quality work done by ICL and coordinates all of the organization’s litigation.
Justin brings a unique blend of science-based and technical skills, and public policy and lobbying experience to his work. The expertise gained from his dual undergraduate degrees in Human Biology and Earth Systems and a Masters degree from Stanford University’s School of Earth Sciences ensure that ICL’s work is grounded in sound science and best practices.
In melding science and public policy, Justin relies on the experiences he gained during his years working as an environmental advocate in Washington, DC, his time spent lobbying in the Idaho Statehouse, and his interest in connecting people to policy makers and elected officials. As an native Idahoan, Justin rejoices in the knowledge that his work is protecting the things that make Idaho a great place to live – our spectacular landscapes and our clean air and water.
Aimée Christensen (Ketchum, ID):
Aimée Christensen is founder and CEO of Christensen Global Strategies, collaborating with industries, investors, governments, organizations and individuals worldwide to develop solutions for a strong clean global economy. She is also co-founder and Executive Director of the Sun Valley Institute for Resilience.
Her clients have included the Carbon War Room, the Clinton Global Initiative, Duke Energy, Microsoft, Ogilvy, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Swiss Re, The Elders, the United Nations, the US Department of Energy, Virgin Unite and Wolfensohn & Co. Trained as an environmental and energy lawyer, she has two decades’ experience in policy, law, investment, and philanthropy including with the World Bank, Baker & McKenzie, the US Department of Energy and Google where she guided the company’s first climate change initiatives including a commitment to carbon neutrality and successfully lobbying for passage of California’s climate change legislation.
Ms. Christensen is responsible for a number of critical firsts including having negotiated the first US bilateral climate change accord (with Costa Rica), the first regional sustainable energy agenda in the Summit of the Americas, and wrote and successfully advocated for the adoption of the first university endowment investment policy on climate change (Stanford University in 1999). She has served on boards and advisory boards including the American Council on Renewable Energy, EKO Asset Management Partners, the US Homeland Security Department’s Sustainability and Efficiency Task Force, and the Advisory Board of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development. She was the 2011 Hillary Laureate and a 2010 Aspen Catto Fellow and graduated from Smith College and has a JD from Stanford Law School.
James Sturdevant (San Rafael, CA)
Jim is an attorney and founder of The Sturdevant Law Firm. His firm specializes in consumer protection class actions, lender liability and fraudulent business practice cases, and he also has a background in civil rights cases. He is a graduate of Trinity College and Boston College Law School. Jim loves to fly fish, especially near his cabin on the Henry’s Fork; he served for many years on the board of the Henry’s Fork Foundation. He lives in San Rafael, CA with his three children and wife, Therese Lawless, who is a civil rights and sexual harassment attorney and co-founder of the top-ranking San Francisco-based law firm Lawless & Lawless. Jim and his family love spending time in Idaho and are committed supporters of Western lands conservation.
John Lamson (Boulder, CO)
John is a seasoned communications strategist with 23 years of experience in advocacy, elections and higher education. John manages the senior staff that oversee all of Resource Media’s program work, and partners with the President to steer the organization’s fundraising, finance, HR and operational functions.
Prior to joining Resource Media, John served as an Assistant Dean at Cornell University, managing all communications for the College of Human Ecology and helping to build out the university’s campus-wide communications infrastructure. Earlier in his career, he spent 10 years as vice president and partner at MacWilliams, Robinson and Partners, a leading advertising and strategy consultancy working with candidates and NGO’s at the local, national and global levels.
John has earned national awards from communications industry peers for his role in the production of dozens of television and radio ads, press strategy and copywriting. After earning a BA in English from the University of Notre Dame, John got his start at Fenton Communications and served as press secretary on political campaigns in the Pacific Northwest. He lives in Boulder, CO with his wife and two boys.
Amy Haak (Boise, ID)
Amy is the founder and Executive Director of Conservation Geography, a nonprofit company that provides science-based analytical support to conservation organizations working in the West. She has over 30 years of experience in the application of geospatial technologies to conservation concerns such as climate change, natural resource development, and biodiversity. For the past 10 years she has worked as a conservation scientist with Trout Unlimited’s national science program where she has published a number of peer-reviewed papers on native trout conservation.
She has a BA in geography from Dartmouth College and an MS and PhD in geography with a minor in conservation biology from the University of Idaho. Amy has previously served on the board of Advocates for the West as well as the boards of Idaho Rivers United, Idaho Conservation League and the advisory board to the College of Science at the University of Idaho.
Deborah Ferguson (Boise, ID)
Deborah is an attorney with over 30 years of civil litigation experience in federal environmental and civil rights cases. After serving as an Assistant United States Attorney for 20 years, concentrating in the environmental arena, she left to found Ferguson Durham, PLLC in Boise. Since then, Deborah led the successful constitutional challenge to Idaho’s same sex marriage ban, and has served as co-counsel with Advocates for The West in two recent victories in north central Idaho against the U.S. Forest Service.
Deborah has held numerous leadership positions and served as the Idaho State Bar President in 2011. She and her husband Rick have four adult children. Deborah and her family love the quality of life in Idaho and especially the opportunities it provides to ski and fish.
Stephanie Parent (Portland, OR)
Stephanie is an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity’s Environmental Health program, working to reduce pesticides and other toxic chemicals in our environment. She has practiced environmental law for a quarter century and has litigated many wildlife and public lands cases.
Earlier in her career, Stephanie was the managing attorney and clinical professor with the environmental litigation clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School, an Assistant Attorney General with the Oregon Department of Justice, and a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. She holds a law degree from Lewis & Clark and a bachelor of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Stephanie lives with her family in Portland, Oregon and loves to wander in the Cascades on foot, skis or by bike. She’s learning the art of printing, taking classes in wookblock and etching. Stephanie has served on the boards of Northwest Environmental Defense Center, the PTA, and the local West Point Parents Club.