Environmental League of Massachusetts

Boston, MA • Advocating for Responsible Environmental Policy in MA Since 1898. ELM is committed to combating climate change & protecting our land, water, and public health.

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Environmental League of Massachusetts


Environmental League of Massachusetts is a nonprofit focused on advocacy related to environmental issues. With $1.3m in revenue and 11 employees, it is a mid-sized organization. Founded in 1997, Environmental League of Massachusetts is headquartered in Boston, MA. In recent tax filings, the organization reported expenses of $853k.

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Mission and Work


Elm is dedicated to protecting the land, water, and air of our commonwealth to benefit people and wildlife.


Elm is committed to combating climate change and protecting our land, water, and public health. By creating diverse alliances and building the power of the environmental community, we use our collective influence to ensure Massachusetts is a leader in environmental and economic sustainability.elm has long been a cornerstone of the environmental community in Massachusetts. As noted above, elm was founded in 1898 with a focus on protecting forests and parks, but it evolved with the environmental movement to take on issues of toxics reduction and pollution prevention, river protection, smart growth development and climate change. As a leading Massachusetts environmental organization that engages in advocacy across the full spectrum of environmental concerns, it plays an important role in coordinating and unifying the environmental community for purposes of advocacy and regulatory oversight. Its successes are broad and numerous.elm's early work included the promotion of sustainable forestry practices statewide and vigorous protection of mount greylock (an effort that continued - with great success - for more than 75 years, and included the establishment of mount greylock as Massachusetts's first state park). In the 1920s and 1930s elm successfully petitioned the legislature to purchase more than 300,000 acres of state forests, setting an example that inspired the creation of state forests nationwide. In the 1950s elm worked successfully for the establishment of town conservation commissions, achieved via the conservation commission act of 1957. With the emergence of environmental health concerns raised in the early 1970s by the landmark research of rachel Carson, elm remained at the vanguard of the environmental movement focusing on the reduction of toxic chemicals released into the environment. Elm was a strong advocate in the late 1980s for the Massachusetts toxic use reduction act (the first such act passed in the country), and elm was then instrumental in advocating for sufficient funds to enable its implementation. More recently, elm has tackled river protection, smart growth development and climate change. Today, elm continues this breadth of action and broad understanding of environmental concerns with a focus on advocacy designed to move Massachusetts state government to protect our public health and natural resources.throughout its history elm has also played an important role as a convener and incubator of ideas and initiatives. Elm's emphasis has consistently been bringing advocates and activists together to share information, learn from each other and speak with a common voice. This has inspired such unique collaborations as the "guns & roses" coalition, consisting of gun owners, sportsmen, and open space advocates who came together to pass an open space bond bill in 1996, as well as the creation of the Massachusetts environmental collaborative that same year (described below).the breadth of elm's environmental advocacy and educational work on beacon hill is comprehensive, encompassing such critical areas as land conservation and management and the protection of water resources and public health. To further strengthen that advocacy effort and bring additional voices to the table, elm has developed a number of strategic partnerships along with plans for developing new tools and communications strategies. As important as its contribution to the passage of significant legislation is elm's ongoing role in defending against threats to those laws, and advocating for sufficient funding to ensure those laws are effectively administered and enforced.recent achievementspartnershipselm's enduring role as convener is embodied in three initiatives - as a founder and incubator of the Massachusetts environmental collaborative and the Massachusetts smart growth alliance. Massachusetts environmental collaborative: in the 1990s elm held a number of strategy sessions with other environmental advocates to discuss ways to make the environmental community stronger, more coordinated, and more effective as an advocacy force. These conversations were motivated by a shared sense, while Massachusetts had a significant number of organizations focusing on environmental issues and while a majority of citizens claimed to care about the environment, this was not translating into progress on an environmental agenda. As a result of these discussions, the Massachusetts environmental collaborative was formed in 1997. Starting with a dozen groups that wanted to work together to advance environmental protection, the collaborative has grown to 50 organizations - the largest collection of environmental organizations in the commonwealth. The collaborative allows elm to serve the larger environmental community, including groups without a presence on beacon hill. Through elm's regular e-mail bulletins and semi-annual collaborative meetings, smaller organizations stay up-to-date on legislative and administrative activities and policies. Elm calls on the collaborative when timely collective action is needed on major legislative initiatives. The collaborative joint action on environmental issues has been very effective and we believe will continue to be in the coming years smart growth alliance: in 2003, elm became a founding member of the Massachusetts smart growth alliance. Elm helped create the alliance because we understood that many of the environmental harms we were trying to address were the result of sprawling, unplanned development patterns. Elm teamed with fellow advocates working to increase housing opportunities and promote much needed economic development, to jointly advance an agenda that met the alliance member's goals in ways that are sustainable and equitable. The msga promotes healthy and diverse communities, protects critical environmental resources and working landscapes, advocates for sound housing and transportation choices, and supports equitable community development and urban reinvestment. Elm currently chairs the msga and is committed to continuing and expanding its key role in transportation, housing and development issues.

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Our Mission

The Environmental League of Massachusetts is committed to combating climate change and protecting our land, water, and public health. By creating diverse alliances and building the power of the environmental community, we use our collective influence to ensure Massachusetts is a leader in environmental and economic sustainability.

What We Do

The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) is a nonprofit educational and advocacy organization, supported by a combination of individual and foundation philanthropy, dues from citizens and organization members, and proceeds from special events.

We focus our resources on the state level, where we believe that our knowledge, expertise and reputation allow us to have the strongest impact. We also network and collaborate with a variety of leaders in business and government as well as with other environmental nonprofits to achieve effective results.

Who We Are

Elizabeth Turnbull Henry, President

Elizabeth Turnbull Henry took the lead of the Environmental League of Massachusetts in 2017, drawn to the ambitious goals and pragmatic strategies that have long been ELM’s hallmark.  She is committed to making Massachusetts lead the nation in environmental policy and getting on a pathway to net zero emissions by 2050.  She has particular passion for pricing carbon and expanding offshore wind.

Under Elizabeth’s leadership, ELM’s Corporate Council and the ELM Action Fund have grown.  Both organizations build political will to create policy solutions that match the urgency of the challenges we face as a Commonwealth and a planet.

A proven sustainability leader, she previously directed climate and energy programs for Adidas.  She also consulted to the US Department of Energy, worked as Sustainability Lead for a Massachusetts-based residential construction firm, and led international travel programs to over 30 countries.

Elizabeth has an MBA and Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) from Yale University and a BA in Environmental Policy and Economics from Colby College.  Raised in West Virginia, she now lives in Concord, MA with her husband and three children.

Nancy Goodman, Vice President for Policy

Nancy has been with ELM since 1998. She has primary responsibility for developing, prioritizing and advancing ELM’s environmental policy agenda on a wide range of issues, including land use and smart growth, land protection, energy and climate change, water resources, transportation, and funding for environmental programs. Much of ELM’s policy work is accomplished through Nancy’s participation in a number of coalitions, including the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance and Transportation for Massachusetts, both of which she chairs, and the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance. Nancy also oversees the development of ELM’s annual Green Budget, which advocates for sufficient funding for Massachusetts environmental agencies.

Clare Kelly, Action Fund Executive Director

Clare recently served as President of the Reason To Believe PAC, a nationwide grassroots organization, dedicated to advancing a positive, progressive vision for our nation in 2018 and 2020. She has continued to advise candidates for local and statewide office in Massachusetts on overall campaign tactics with a focus on grassroots organizing and empowering local leaders. Over the past few years, Clare has also worked with many environmental organizations, guiding strategy, building communities and organizing advocates for policies to fight climate change and make our city and state more sustainable for the future.  

Clare previously served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts State Democratic Party from 2010-2013.  Before becoming Executive Director, Clare served as the Political Director for Governor Deval Patrick’s Political Action Committee and as the Field Director on his re-election campaign. During this time, she activated the Governor’s grassroots coalition to advocate for issues locally and in the legislature.

Eric Wilkinson, General Counsel and Director of Energy Policy

Eric joined ELM in 2016. Prior to joining ELM, Eric served as Senior External Affairs Representative at ISO New England, the entity responsible for managing the wholesale energy grid. Eric’s responsibilities included environmental, climate change and renewable energy issues. Eric served as the lead for External Affairs on both the ISO’s energy-efficiency and distributed generation forecasts. Eric also served as Policy Advisor to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, overseeing implementation of the Board’s smart growth main extension rules and providing guidance on smart growth issues. He was Policy Director at New Jersey Future and a senior contributor to their smart growth and sustainable development policy analysis and initiatives. Eric has also worked as director of the EPA’s Voluntary Standards Network, and as a member of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. Eric holds a Juris Doctorate and a Masters in the Study of Environmental Law, cum laude from the Vermont Law School.

Casey Bowers, Legislative Director

Casey comes to ELM from the American Lung Association of the Northeast. As their Director of Public Policy, she developed and implemented a state legislative and policy agenda including work on renewable energy, lung diseases, and air quality. Casey was previously the Massachusetts Healthy Air Coordinator for the Lung Association serving as the field organizer for the state on a campaign to protect, enforce and strengthen the Clean Air Act. She brings a wealth of policy knowledge, legislative expertise, and organizing skills to her new role at ELM. Prior to joining the Lung Association, Casey was a consultant for five years at M+R Strategic Services where she executed successful policy, advocacy, and fundraising campaigns for clients. She has served on the executive board of Tobacco Free Mass and the Massachusetts Comprehensive Cancer Steering Committee. Casey received her Bachelor’s Degree in economics and history from the College of the Holy Cross.

Miriam Posner, Director of Corporate Engagement

Miriam brings expertise in both corporate engagement and environmental advocacy. Most recently, she was the founding Director of Energy & Environmental Policy at the business association A Better City. In her new role at ELM, Miriam will grow ELM’s Corporate Council and elevate the voices of the Commonwealth’s many business leaders who see the profound synergies between a strong economy and a healthy environment.

Previously, Miriam worked as a Senior Policy Analyst supporting the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, DC. She also served in the Obama White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Senate office of John Kerry, and at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy.

Miriam holds a Master of Public Administration and a certificate in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. Her Bachelor’s Degree with honors in political science is from Case Western Reserve University. Miriam also serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus and as the president of the organization’s young professionals board.

Anne Meyer, Development Manager

Anne joined the ELM team in the Spring of 2014. She is a 2014 graduate of Boston College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and completed a minor in Environmental Studies. Previously, Anne enjoyed being an intern with Cape Wind, Woods Hole Research Center, and EnergySage, where she was mainly focused on communications and branding strategies. Anne has a dedicated passion for the environment and hopes for a brighter future for our planet.

Liam Garvey, Development Associate

Liam joined the ELM team in October of 2018. He is a 2018 graduate of Brandeis University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Environmental Studies. During his time at Brandeis, Liam interned for a political campaign and at the State House. More recently, he worked as an intern for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, where he focused on an energy efficiency program.

Ellen Tomlinson, Communications Manager

Ellen joined ELM as Office Manager in May of 2015 after working as our Communications and Development Intern for four months. She has Bachelors of Science in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Suffolk University. In her time at Suffolk, Ellen interned at the State House and held an on-campus position orchestrating 11 alternative spring break trips, working with Habitat for Humanity as well as other nonprofit organizations.

Katie Burnett, Program Manager

Katie joined ELM in January of 2017. She started working in environmental advocacy as a communications intern for Conservation Voters of South Carolina and previously worked as our Climate Change and Energy Policy Intern. She has Bachelors of Science in Biology and Environmental Studies from Wellesley College. While at Wellesley she was a varsity member of their rowing team and spent time volunteering with Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Randi Soltysiak, Accounting and Finance Manager

Randi began with ELM in March of 2015 and works part time as the organization’s Accounting and Finance Manager. Randi earned her BA in English from Vassar College, and her J.D. from Boston College Law School. She is an active leader in Mothers Out Front, which organizes mothers and grandmothers to call for a swift, complete, and just transition to clean renewable energy, to keep children safe in the face of climate change. 

Past to Present

Advocates for responsible environmental policy since 1898!

Originally established as the Massachusetts Forestry Association, the organization continually became involved with related environmental issues. Reflecting our broadened scope, the name was changed in 1993 to the Environmental League of Massachusetts.

ELM’s advocacy efforts encompass climate issues, protection of habitats and species, land preservation, development of urban parks, smart-growth planning, protection of water resources, and curtailing exposure to toxins in everyday living — the whole range of modern environmental issues that have an impact on our health and quality of life in Massachusetts.

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