Email: kelly[at]crag.org | Tel: 503.234.0788
Kelly earned her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School with a certificate in environmental and natural resources. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Scripps College. Prior to law school, Kelly worked as a research analyst with the Sierra Club Environmental Law Program, which inspired her to gain the skills and knowledge to become a better advocate for both communities and wild places. Her experiences in law school including clerkships with Defenders of Wildlife, Shute, Mihaly, & Weinberger, and Earthjustice helped solidify her desire to pursue public interest environmental law and in particular environmental justice work.
Outside of work, Kelly loves very long walks—she thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018 and the Colorado Trail in 2022. In addition, she enjoys skiing, rock climbing, tending to her numerous houseplants or snuggling her elderly pup, Penny. She is excited to join Crag and support community-driven grassroots efforts as well as advocate for places in the PNW that continue to bring her joy and peace of mind.
Email: meriel[at]crag.org | Tel: 503.525.2725
Meriel is originally from the Boston area but has spent the last fifteen years living and working in the Pacific Northwest. She graduated from the University of Washington with a law degree and an MS in forest resource. After law school, Meriel spent six years living in Bend where she practiced civil litigation and land use law. Prior to joining Crag, Meriel was a staff attorney with 1000 Friends of Oregon, litigating cases on farmland, forest and wildlife protection across Oregon. Today Meriel’s docket primarily consists of litigating public lands and forest issues in Federal court, and supporting local community groups on rural land use issues at the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA). She is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington.
Before becoming an attorney, Meriel graduated from Wesleyan University and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic, where she helped construct a fruit tree nursery and learned how to graft mango trees. She speaks Spanish and lives in Portland with her family. She serves on the board of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters and in her free time she enjoys trail running, backcountry snowboarding and vegetable gardening.
Email: rebeka[at]crag.org | Tel: 503.525.2727
Rebeka earned her JD and LLM from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she completed a legal fellowship at the Global Law Alliance (formerly known as the International Environmental Legal Project). She received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a focus in Natural Policy from the University of California, Santa Cruz. There, she was able to learn about the science behind the various legal issues that she would work on in the future. Going to school in the redwoods overlooking the Pacific Ocean solidified her determination to protect our planet, and everyone’s equitable access to a habitable one. Thus, she decided to go to law school in the Fall of 2017. She first became involved with Crag as a Summer Associate in 2018, her first summer after starting law school. This experience only further cemented her desire to work in public interest environmental law. She would later intern at Center for Food Safety as well. She is passionate about environmental justice, and the need for representation in the environmental legal community. When not at work, she enjoys hiking, embroidering, baking, painting, and cultivating her apartment jungle from various local plant nurseries.
Development & Outreach Assistant
Email: weina[at]crag.org | Tel: 503.525.2724
Growing up as a child in Jakarta, Indonesia, Weina was always charmed by plants, animals, and design/crafts. Then, she moved to San Francisco, California, to pursue and earn her Bachelor of Fine Art in Graphic Design with focus on branding and packaging design. She volunteered with different non-profit organizations around sustainability/environmental awareness doing outreach/initiative programs while working in different graphic design studios for 18 years.
After she moved to Portland, the study and outreach works inspired her to start her own business, Poppy & Finch, combining her passion of native plants and design skill/experience to create awareness and advocate native plants through her botanical living arts, gift products, and hands-on workshops. She also shares her passion to help people become the steward for our habitat in urban landscape as an Outreach Technician for Backyard Habitat Certification Program.
During her leisure time, she enjoys gardening, visiting all native nurseries, hiking, bird-watching, playing pickleball, tennis, soccer, singing with her all female acapella group, DameNation, and enjoying Portland food scene.
Email: maura[at]crag.org | Tel: 503.525.2722
Maura earned her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland with a certificate in environmental and natural resources law. She holds a B.A. in sociology, with a minor in political science, from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Upon graduating Lewis & Clark, she was awarded the Environmental Leadership Award, as well as membership in the school’s Cornelius Honor Society.
Maura joined the Crag Law Center staff in October 2013 as a legal fellow. Her docket consists of a variety of work including land use challenges focused primarily on fossil fuel infrastructure development, Clean Water Act enforcement, water law, and federal public lands law. Maura is a member of the Oregon and Washington State Bars and is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the District of Oregon. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Environmental & Natural Resources Section of the Oregon State Bar and as the 2021 Chair of the Section.
In her free time, Maura enjoys backcountry skiing, hiking, biking, running, and exploring all the wonder the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Email: megan[at]crag.org | Tel: 503.525.2724
Megan grew up in Portland and graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. Before joining Crag Law Center in June 2022 as a Communications Associate, Megan worked as legislative staff in Salem and City Hall, and at Winning Mark, an ad agency that consults on ballot measure, candidate, and public education campaigns.
Megan also serves on the Board of Directors for Our Children’s Trust, a Eugene-based nonprofit environmental law firm working to secure constitutionally enforceable rights to a stable climate and healthy atmosphere. When not working, Megan enjoys coaching the Grant High School Constitution Team, going on walks, practicing yoga, and spending time with her family.
Email: erin[at]crag.org | Tel. 503.234.0788
Erin grew up in the Willamette Valley and graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Environmental Sciences. She first became interested in fire ecology and forest management as a result of the Biscuit post-fire timber sale in southern Oregon. Erin subsequently spent eight years as a wildland firefighter, a job that took her to remote and wild areas across the western United States.
In 2020 Erin received her J.D. from the University of Colorado, where she had the opportunity to work with Earthjustice, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, and the Wilderness Society. She joined Crag Law Center in September 2021 after a clerkship with the Alaska State Supreme Court. Erin is delighted to be back in Oregon, where she enjoys hiking, camping, paddling, running, and drinking coffee.
Executive Director & Staff Attorney
Email: courtney[at]crag.org | Tel: 503.525.2728
Courtney received her JD with a certificate in environmental and natural resources law from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland. While in her first year of study, she interned with the Crag Law Center. As a law student, Courtney interned in the Office of Compliance and Enforcement at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and San Francisco Baykeeper. Before joining Crag, Courtney clerked for a district court judge in Ketchikan, Alaska. While there, Courtney enjoyed the wilds of Alaska and its incredible wildlife by sea kayaking, hiking and snowshoeing.
Courtney joined the Crag Law Center in 2008 as a Staff Attorney. Much of her work at Crag has focused on protecting the health of coastal rivers, from gravel mining in the rivers of the south coast, including the Chetco and the Rogue, to addressing proposals for fossil fuel exports along the Columbia at Astoria. Courtney represents the Nez Perce Tribe on the cleanup and restoration of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. She also works with Oregon’s youth challenging the state to take action on climate change in the children’s climate case. Courtney is a published author on topics of climate change adaptation and marine spatial planning.
After five years in the role of Director of Operations, Courtney was promoted to Executive Director in November 2018. She has served on the Board of Directors of Bark – the watchdog for Mt. Hood, and currently chairs the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Sustainable Future Section. When she is not working, Courtney enjoys spending time with her husband and dog on the beaches and rivers and in the mountains of Oregon, hiking, skiing, and biking. She also keeps busy with her home garden, cooking, playing soccer, and traveling.
Financial and HR Support Contractor
Email: mike[at]crag.org | Tel. 503.233.8044
Mike grew up in Salt Lake City and spent the first 25 years of his life hiking, backpacking, and rafting in the Colorado Plateau. He received a B.S. in City Planning from the University of Utah. Since moving to Oregon, he has earned a JD with a Certificate in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College.
Mike spent five years in private practice as a plaintiffs’ attorney committed to public interest environmental litigation. Mike has represented clients in administrative, state, and federal courts. Today, Mike’s docket includes land use, civil litigation, and administrative matters on the Oregon Coast, as well as matters related to protecting water quantity, water quality, and public access to public trust resources throughout Oregon. Mike is admitted to practice in Oregon State and Federal courts, as well as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. When he’s not in the office, you can find him fishing the north coast, running on the Portland waterfront, or restoring old cars.
Email: suzanne[at]crag.org | Tel. 503.525.2724
Suzanne hails from the mountains of East Tennessee, where as a kid she hiked nearly every trail of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with her family. She received a BA from Warren Wilson College and holds a Masters Degree in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State University. Her research emphasis was asset-based community development in rural, mountain communities, and she conducted research in the mining valleys of Southern Wales and in Ashe County, NC.
Suzanne has spent much of her life working on social and environmental justice issues. She worked at Appalshop, a non-profit media, arts and education center based in Whitesburg, KY. She directed Appalshop’s Traditional Music Program, and organized cultural arts education programs across Appalachia’s coal mining communities. During her time in Eastern Kentucky she became involved in the movement to challenge mountaintop removal coal mining practices and lobbied for better oversight and enforcement of the coal mining industry, including mine safety.
Suzanne came to Portland through her involvement with old time music. Since moving to Portland she has served on the Board of Directors of Bubbaville, a non-profit that supports traditional music and dance in the Portland area and organizes the annual Portland Old Time Music Gathering. Musically, culturally and geographically, she feels a deep connection between the Pacific Northwest and her Appalachian homeland, and enjoys exploring the region with her dog. Before joining Crag full-time, Suzanne worked as an Arts Integration Facilitator for The Right Brain Initiative. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, gardening, cooking and playing banjo.
Email: oliver[at]crag.org | Tel: 503.227.2212
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Oliver joined Crag 2013. His work focuses on public lands management and fish and wildlife conservation in Oregon, Washington, and Southeast Alaska. His docket primarily consists of forests and fisheries issues under the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and National Forest Management Act. Oliver is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington.
Oliver holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, and received his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. During law school, Oliver served as an editor on the Washington Law Review, and worked for the Washington House of Representatives, Judge Joel Penoyar of the Washington Court of Appeals, and the Washington Forest Law Center.
Outside of work, Oliver enjoys spending time with his wife; together they like to backpack, cook, fly fish, kayak, travel, trail run, snowboard, and spend time with family.