Laura Levine (Co-Chair)
Laura Levine practiced litigation at Dickstein Shapiro LLP in Washington DC from 1989 to 2002. She had a diverse practice in both federal and state courts involving a wide range of issues, including environmental law, white collar criminal defense and commercial transactions. She has a long-standing interest in public service, and has performed pro bono work for a number of public interest organizations, including the Legal Aid Society and the Legal Counsel for the Elderly. Before joining Dickstein Shapiro, Ms. Levine was a law clerk to the Honorable John M. Steadman of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. She is admitted to practice in New York and Washington DC. Ms. Levine has also been an Adjunct Professor of English at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. Ms. Levine graduated from Stanford Law School, where she was a note editor of the Stanford Law Review, in 1987. She received an M.A. in English Literature from Columbia University in 1984, and a B.A. from Brown University in 1981. Ms. Levine is an enthusiastic supporter of ERI’s mission, and joined the Board in November 2009.
Abby Reyes (Co-Chair)
Director, Sustainability Initiative, University of California, Irvine
As a program director at the Environmental Legal Assistance Center in Palawan, Philippines, Abby provided paralegal education and training to rural fishing and farming communities working to defend environmental and human rights. As the director of the U'wa Defense Project, she coordinated international solidarity support to the Colombian indigenous U'wa community in their resistance to oil exploitation. Abby completed her bachelor's degree in human biology at Stanford University in 1995 and her JD at UC Berkeley Law in 2004. After clerking for the Honorable Richard A. Paez on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Abby served as a staff attorney at the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. In 2011, she joined the University of California, Irvine, as a sustainability researcher, and now directs the campus-wide Sustainability Initiative in the Office of Academic Initiatives. She volunteers on the Swatcha Ganga campaign to clean the Ganga River at Varanasi, India, and is an ambassador for the Pollination Project.
Stanley L. Corfman, MBA CPA (Treasurer)
Chief Financial Officer, Transitional Services for New York, Inc.
Stan has served the non-for-profit community in management, advisory and governance positions for over 35 years. After completing his MBA from Columbia, his evolving career took him to a number of arts and human service organizations, including the Directorship of the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, and included a period as Director of Services to Nonprofit Organizations for Price Waterhouse. It also included volunteer service as Member and as Chair of the AICPA’s Committee on Nonprofit Organizations and membership on Advisory Boards to Independent Sector, the Urban Institute, and the United Way of the USA. He has also served as Adjunct Professor of Accounting at Columbia University’s School of International Affairs and at New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Asia Pacifics Director, Natural Resource Governance Institute
Jelson is NRGI’s senior-most representative in the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Timor-Leste and Vietnam, and is responsible for potential engagement in additional countries such as China and India. Most recently, Jelson served as Asia program director for the Bank Information Center, where he was responsible for the strategic programming and staff operations in Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Mongolia, and program representation in Washington, DC. In this capacity, he aligned BIC’s country and regional strategies with the global and cross cutting-programs such as the collective movements for robust environmental and social safeguards, accountability mechanisms, transparency policies, energy strategies, and the private sector lending standards of the World Bank Group, the Asian Development Bank and other IFIs. He also worked with communities and civil society organizations to bolster their campaigns for human rights protection, accountability and reconsideration of coal, mining, land reform, water, airport and high-risk energy infrastructure projects, and stronger safeguard requirements in financial intermediary lending and new forms of financing from IFIs. Jelson has 20 years of on-the-ground, regional and international experience, and work with the Philippine President’s Office managing research, policy advocacy, problem project campaigns, training and community development in the fields of natural resource governance, development and climate finance, peacebuilding, agrarian reform and rural development. Jelson attended Macquarie University for his B.A. in anthropology and comparative sociology and the University of the Philippines for his masters in anthropology. Jelson has been an important contributor to ERI’s work in Mekong/Southeast Asia. He joined the ERI board in January 2011.
Paul Hoffman, Esq.
Partner, Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris and Hoffman LLP
David Hunter, Esq.
Professor of Law, American University's Washington College of Law
David Hunter is Professor of Law, Director of the International Legal Studies Program and Director of the Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law at American University's Washington College of Law. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of EarthRights International, David also serves on the Boards of the Bank Information Center, Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide-US, the Project on Government Oversight (chair), and the Center for Progressive Reform. He is also a member of the Organization of American States’ Expert Group on Environmental Law, the Steering Committee of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, and the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman’s Strategic Advisors Group.
Co-Executive Director of the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense
Astrid Puentes, originally from Colombia, holds an LL.M. in Comparative Law from the University of Florida, a Masters in Environmental Law from the University of the Basque Country, and a J. D. from the University of Los Andes, Colombia. She is a Co-Executive Director of AIDA, the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense, responsible for the organization’s legal work in the Americas since 2003. She has worked from AIDA's office in Mexico City since 2004, overseeing the team’s attorneys and the development and implementation of legal strategies. Astrid has significant experience with public interest litigation, especially in the field of human rights and the environment. She has worked with communities and organization on cases throughout the region including in Chile, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Panamá, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, and Canada. She is a highly regarded presenter and prolific author, providing critical legal analysis and strategic advice to communities, nations and international organizations. Astrid taught a new seminar on human rights and the environment in Latin America at American University over the summer of 2014. She is active in the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide and sits on the international advisory board for International Rivers.
Director of Strategic Support, Accountability Counsel
Sarah Singh leads Accountability Counsel's Strategic Support program, working with local community groups and organizations around the world to demand accountability for human rights and environmental violations caused by internationally financed projects. Sarah assists local partners and directly affected communities with use of accountability mechanisms tied to international finance and conducts policy advocacy to ensure that those mechanisms are robust and effective. Before joining Accountability Counsel, Sarah clerked for the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Sarah is a 2010 graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where she was an active member in the human rights community, and holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Brown University. Sarah is a long-time supporter of ERI's work and rejoined the Board in 2011.
General Counsel / Advocaat at Greenpeace International, Amsterdam
Jasper Teulings is Head of the Legal Unit of Greenpeace International in Amsterdam. He has served on the Board of the INGO Accountability Charter and helped develop the Global Reporting Initiative’s NGO Sector Supplement. He also was a Board Member of NJCM, the Dutch section of the International Commission of Jurists, and acted as an independent advisor to the international commission investigating the ‘Probo Koala’ case, the dumping of toxic waste in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on 18 August 2006. He regularly speaks and publishes on a wide range of topics, such as climate change litigation, free speech & peaceful protest and Greenpeace’s corporate campaigns. After reading law at University of Amsterdam and University of Kent at Canterbury, Jasper clerked at the Amsterdam Court of Appeals. Before joining Greenpeace in 2004 he practiced as a media lawyer and civil litigator in Amsterdam for 10 years. Jasper joined the ERI Board in June 2011.