Jonah Sandford, Executive Director

Before becoming NEDC’s Executive Director, Jonah served as the organization’s Staff Attorney from 2019-2022. He was also an active student volunteer with NEDC during his time at Lewis & Clark Law School, where he graduated in 2015. Before re-joining NEDC, Jonah served as Executive Director of the Deschutes River Alliance, and has clerked for Earthjustice, the Center for Biological Diversity, and WaterWatch of Oregon. Jonah grew up in Missoula, Montana, and moved to Portland after graduating from the University of Montana in 2003. He spends his free time hiking, cycling, canoeing, and finding other ways to explore this incredible corner of the country.

Mary Stites, Legal Fellow

Mary is originally from Austin, Texas where she grew up playing lots of sports and listening to lots of live music. She spent most of her childhood summers backpacking, mountain biking and rafting in Northwestern Colorado, prompting her love for the environment. Mary graduated from the University of Kansas in 2019 with degrees in Environmental Studies and English before moving out to Portland. Her passion for intersectional environmentalism brought her to Lewis & Clark for law school, where she spent all three years volunteering for NEDC in both the Environmental Justice and Food & Agriculture working groups. In her free time, Mary enjoys riding her bike, swimming, cheering on the Kansas Jayhawks, listening to live music, and searching for Portland’s best fried chicken sandwich.

Eve Goldman, Law Clerk

Eve grew up in Portland, Oregon, where she and her family spent the summers hiking and winters skiing. She graduated from Whitman College in 2018, earning a BA in both Spanish and psychology. Eve’s dedication to environmental advocacy coupled with a chance encounter in the Mt. Hood National Forest with an environmental law professor inspired her to pursue a JD in environmental law. As a LC law student, Eve spent much of her first year volunteering on NEDC projects in the water, public lands and EJ student groups. In her free time, Eve enjoys writing music, biking, camping, playing pick-up basketball, and reading anything other than legal textbooks. 

Karen Russell, Bookkeeper

Karen grew up in Kirkland, Washington boating, hiking and skiing with her family. Her passion for protecting the environment led her to go to Lewis & Clark Law School where she received her JD in 1990. After fifteen years as an attorney with WaterWatch of Oregon, she began working as a non profit consultant with a focus on non profit administration and financial management. Her work with NEDC began as a student volunteer during law school, then as a member of NEDC’s board of directors and now as NEDC’s bookkeeper. She is also an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark College and Law School teaching Environmental Law & Policy and Water Law.