Midwest Environmental Advocates is a nonprofit environmental law center that works for healthy water, air, land and government for this generation and the next. We believe that every citizen has the potential to make a difference.

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Council of Advisors

Our Council of Advisors is a standing committee that provides strategic advice to the Board of Directors and staff of Midwest Environmental Advocates.The Council is comprised of diverse individuals who share MEA’s commitment to the public’s rights to a healthy environment and to keeping the conservation ethic alive.

Interested in learning more? Contact Lauren Rudersdorf at advocate@midwestadvocates.org.

Henry A. Anderson, MD
Adjunct Professor, Department of Population Health Services
University of Wisconsin-Madison

August M. Ball
Founder/CEO, Cream City Conservation
Milwaukee, WI

Gary J. Besaw
Director, Menominee Department of Agriculture & Food Systems
Member, Menominee Tribal Legislature
Keshena, WI

Luke Bradbury, MD
Physician, UW Health
Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Michael Cain
Attorney, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Retired
Madison, WI

Stephen R. Carpenter
Emeritus Director and Professor, Center for Limnology
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Gloria Castillo

Dekila Chungyalpa
Director, Loka Initiative, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Brenda Coley
Co-Executive Director, Milwaukee Water Commons
Milwaukee, WI

Mary Dougherty
Community Organizer, Socially Responsible Agricultural Project
Bayfield, WI

Jason Dropik
Head of School, Indian Community School
Franklin, WI

Tom Eggert
Adjunct Faculty Member, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Executive Director, WI Sustainable Business Council
Founder, Wisconsin Microfinance

Eve Galanter
President, Galanter Public Affairs Consulting
Madison, WI

Jodi Habush Sinykin
Attorney, Water Policy Fellow and Adjunct Professor, UWM School of Freshwater Sciences
Of Council, Midwest Environmental Advocates
Milwaukee, WI

Betsy Lawton
Senior Staff Attorney, Network for Public Health Law
Minneapolis, MN

Carolyn Mahlum-Jenkins
Retired Teacher and Principal
La Crosse, WI

Peter McAvoy
Adjunct Professor and Fellow, UWM School of Freshwater Sciences
Milwaukee, WI

Richard Monette

Larry Nesper
Professor of Anthropology and Director of American Indian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jae Park
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jonathan Patz, MD
Director, Global Health Institute
University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Mark Powell
Professor Emeritus, Department of Soil Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Retired Soil Scientist, United States Department of Agriculture