Past ELS Boards
President - Chelsea Tu
Chelsea is a third-year student at WCL. She received her B.S. in Environmental Sciences from University of California, Berkeley and worked for two years afterward researching coastal and marine management and law in Oakland, CA. Chelsea believes that nature is the true embodiment of happiness and she wants to protect what makes her happy. Other things that make Chelsea happy are drinking beer, being a tourist, and psychoanalysis.
Elizabeth is a second-year student at WCL and she is studying environment and energy law. Originally from Houston, she graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.S. in environmental engineering.
Co Vice-President - Stacey Garfinkle
Stacey is a second-year student at WCL studying environmental law. She holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from The George Washington University, where she also completed her undergraduate studies earning a B.A. in Political Science and Criminal Justice. Stacey is passionate about environmental issues and has worked for several environmental organizations. Most recently, she interned for the U.S. EPA in the Office of Civil Enforcement, where she works on issues pertaining to the Clean Air Act.
Secretary - Maggie Coulter
Maggie is a second-year law student from Southern California. She received her undergraduate degree, a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, from the University of California, Irvine. Maggie has alway loved backpacking, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, snowboarding, hiking, and every other outdoor activity. She discovered her passion for environmental law and advocacy at WCL, and is excited to marry her extracurricular interests with her soon-to-be occupation. You can find her playing AU intramural soccer, biking around the city, or planning her next backpacking trip to the Grand Canyon.
Treasurer - Tom Richards
Tom is a second-year student from Albany, NY. His interests include the law of the sea, international environmental law, natural resource management, and space and ocean development. He received his B.A. with a major in International Relations and minors in French and Religious Studies from SUNY Geneseo.
Outreach Coordinator - Jacqui Shelton
Jacqui is a third-year law student. She is from Salt Lake City, Utah and received her Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Utah. After graduating, she worked as the Program Manager for an educational and environmental non-profit organization in Salt Lake City, and at an educational non-profit organization in San Francisco, California. Since moving to D.C. for law school, Jacqui has externed with Defenders of Wildlife and with the Chief Judge at the D.C. Superior Court. She enjoys riding bikes, hiking, camping, and finding good Mexican food in the District.
1L Representative - Elizabeth Lewis
Elizabeth is a first year student at WCL. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she received her B.S. in Biology from Dickinson College in 2010. Before entering law school, she spent two years working for a local law firm in Columbus, and later interned at Marine Conservation Institute in Washington, DC. Elizabeth is very passionate about marine biology and ocean conservation. She hopes to work in coastal and marine management, combining her scientific and legal backgrounds to help inform policy and work towards sustainable use and development.
1L Representative - Regine Baus
Regine is a first year law student from Chicago, Illinois. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Public Policy from the George Washington University in 2012. Before coming to WCL, she lobbied for HIV/AIDS appropriations and interned on the Hill, focusing on health and environmental policy. She hopes to either work on comprehensive climate change legislation after finishing law school or lobby for an environmental non-profit.
President - Emmett Pepper
Emmett Pepper is from Charleston, West Virginia and went to Virginia Tech where he received a B.A. in Political Science. He worked for several years between undergrad and law school doing environmental advocacy and public relations, mostly in the Hudson Valley of New York and coastal Connecticut. His first summer internship was at a nonprofit that sues coal companies who do mountaintop removal. Emmett's favorite thing about WCL (aside from free pizza, obviously) is the fact that every single person he has met at WCL has done really interesting things in her/his life. Away from law school, he spends time with his energetic dog, Cayenne, who is very cute.
Vice President - Chelsea Tu
Chelsea is a second-year student at WCL. She received her B.S. in Environmental Sciences from University of California, Berkeley and worked for two years afterward researching coastal and marine management and law in Oakland, CA. Chelsea believes that nature is the true embodiment of happiness and she wants to protect what makes her happy. Other things that make Chelsea happy are drinking beer, being a tourist, and psychoanalysis.
Outreach Coordinator - Jesse Ransom
Jesse Ransom is a second year JD/MA student at Washington College of Law. He was born in Mexico City, and was raised in Nairobi, Kenya, and Kathmandu, Nepal before moving to the US to study Political Science and Spanish at Brigham Young University. Prior to law school, and between work for a number of outdoor retail companies, he spent the majority of his time rock climbing, ice climbing, backpacking, hiking, and hanging out with his wife and daughter. Jesse is passionate about post-conflict development with a focus on sustainability and environmental protection.
Co-Secretary - Larissa Liebmann
Larissa Liebmann is a 2L who majored in Environmental Studies at Brandies University. She discovered her interest in Environmental Law while interning at the non-profit Riverkeeper, and while studying abroad in Baja California Sur. She has spent the last few summers working for the EPA, and is currently interning at Oceana.
Co-Secretary - Joel Scata
Joel Scata is a second year JD/JD student in the WCL-Australia dual degree program. He studied Government and Economics at Connecticut College and participated in the Center for Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies certificate program. He concentrated his Senior Integrative Project on the United States’ Energy Security and how the use of alternative vehicles and easily accessible public transit are crucial to its improvement. Prior to law school, he spent time as a Peace Corps Volunteer working to promote natural resource management, meaning he planted a lot of trees. It was great. Joel enjoys hanging out with his wife, and going hiking and biking together. His favorite toy is his road bike, which is the first item he will pack when he moves to Australia to complete his studies.
Treasurer - Tomi Vest
Tomi grew up in Southern California and received a BA from UCLA in Sociology and Political Science. After working as a paralegal at a boutique entertainment firm in Los Angeles, she decided to join Peace Corps. In her rural community in Northern Thailand she was able to work on several environmental projects. Since moving to DC for law school, Tomi has interned twice at the EPA in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. Tomi is an expert at navigating the WMATA bus system and has a love/hate relationship with chicken finger Thursdays at WCL.