Pew Environment Group Offshore Energy Reform Experts

Source Organization: Pew Environment Group

05/21/2010 - Experts from the Pew Environment Group, including those listed below, have been providing their insight and expertise to the media regarding the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and reforming our nation’s energy laws. If you are a member of the press and would like to speak with someone at the Pew Environment Group, please contact Brandon MacGillis at 202.887.8830 or

Christopher Mann has more than 20 years experience in marine policy and science having worked at the State Department, the House of Representatives’ Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries and the Committee on Natural Resources.  Mann has recently testified before the U.S. House on the need for a comprehensive offshore energy planning and management and has been quoted outlets like the New York Times, CNN and Newsweek on the BP Deepwater Horizon spill.

Marilyn Heiman has 27 years of experience on natural resource policy issues.  She worked for Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt as his top Alaska policy advisor, served as special assistant on Natural Resources and Oceans to Governor Tony Knowles in Alaska and has worked for the Alaska Legislature as the lead House staff on the Exxon Valdez oil spill legislative package.  She has been quoted in the Financial Times, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times and many others on the link between drilling in Alaska and the disaster in the Gulf.

Lee Crockett has more than 20 years of experience in ocean and marine policy issues. He joined the Pew Charitable Trusts as the Director of its Federal Fisheries Policy Reform Project in June 2007.  Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of the Marine Fish Conservation Network, a position he held since November 1998.  Crockett was also a fishery biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for four years where he led agency efforts to protect essential fish habitat. Before joining NMFS, he was a staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries for eight years.  He has been quoted in the Orlando Sentinel, The Times-Picayune and other outlets on the impact of this spill on marine life.

Eleanor Huffines has 18 years in marine and Alaska issues. Before joining the Pew Environment Group, Eleanor was the Alaska director for The Wilderness Society. She worked extensively with local communities, government personnel and members of Congress to influence policy affecting the environment, subsistence cultures and sustainable development. Eleanor served as policy and conservation director for the National Outdoor Leadership School. Eleanor has served on the Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Council, Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council and Trustees for Alaska Public Interest Law Firm board of directors.

Phyllis Cuttino is the director of Pew’s climate and energy program which has released ground breaking studies on the domestic and global clean energy economy.  Cuttino has many years experience in politics, grassroots advocacy, and communications.  Most recently she ran the Pew Campaign for Fuel Efficiency and has worked as senior staff for two U.S. Senators and for the United Nations Foundation.  She has been quoted recently on energy and climate matters in a wide variety of media outlets such as the Associated Press, Reuters and USA Today.

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