David Freeman, senior advisor
S. David Freeman is a senior advisor with Friends of the Earth’s nuclear campaign. He has more than four decades of experience directing federal, regional and local energy policies. He was appointed chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority by Jimmy Carter in 1977, where he stopped the construction of eight large nuclear power plants and pioneered a massive energy conservation program. Subsequently, David served for two decades as general manager of several large public power agencies including the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the New York Power Authority and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. David is a renowned expert on clean energy, efficiency and the risks of nuclear power. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech, and an L.L.B. from the University of Tennessee. He wrote Energy: The New Era in 1974, and Winning Our Energy Independence: An Energy Insider Shows How in 2007.
Fred Felleman, northwest consultant
Fred Felleman is a longtime maritime activist and whale biologist who is leading our work in the Pacific Northwest to reduce the significant air and water pollution and harm to marine mammals caused by the shipping industry in Puget Sound, the Salish Sea and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. He currently serves on the Puget Sound Harbor Safety Committee, the Puget Sound Partnership Oil Spill Advisory Committee and the Strait of Juan de Fuca Regional Network. Fred holds an M.S. from the University of Washington’s College of Ocean and Fisheries Sciences.
Maryah Lauer, Colorado Organizer
Maryah Lauer is the Friends of the Earth organizer in Colorado. Before joining FOE, Maryah lived in the UK for two years, getting an LL.M in Human Rights and the Environment. Maryah grew up primarily in Texas, but the mountains and sunshine pulled her West to Colorado for college, where she worked as Volunteer Coordinator at the UCCS Office of Sustainability. Maryah is passionate about water, democratic control of natural resources, and educating herself and others about environmental justice issues. Maryah has a B.A in Political Science and Communication from University of Colorado.
Gabrielle Raviolo, Oregon Organizer
Gabrielle is the Friends of the Earth organizer in Oregon. She was inspired to change her math major to environmental studies after reading Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, introduced in a college English class by professor Karen Brown. The treatment of animals in the industrial food sector, the lack of healthy fruits and vegetables across America, and the long term effects from pesticide exposure to birds, bees, insects, and humans, enraged Gabrielle. She decided to emerge herself in Environmental Justice classes at the University of Oregon (U of O). Professors Sarah Wald, Peter Walker and Alexandra Rempel, brought awareness to issues of migrant farm worker conditions and the lack of access to their basic human rights of healthcare, food security, home security and environmental racism stemming from Croney politics.
Gabrielle has over 20 years experience in customer service and is passionate about social and environmental justice issues. Gabrielle is a single mother of two who enjoys family outings at Oregon State Parks with her son Jiovanni, 13, and daughter Sophia, 8. She enjoys her family community at U of O, gardening, cooking, and throwing Disco and birthday parties for her friends and family. Gabrielle is currently a senior at U of O finishing up her undergraduate degree in environmental studies. She hopes to bring awareness to her community about issues our society faces today and the attacks from our current administration on equal rights, access to healthcare, and protection of public lands.
Gabrielle is currently a community assistant in the family housing community at U of O. Her duties include ensuring the safety of all residents and establishing a sense of community through connectivity, compassion, empathy, and culture. She also works in the BEST Afterschool Program, teaching middle schoolers about environmental and social issues through recycling, gardening, team sports, and cooking.
Abigayle Reese, Minnesota Organizer
Abigayle Reese is the Friends of the Earth organizer in Minnesota. Abigayle is a Junior at Concordia College double majoring in Global Studies (Development) and Business Marketing. Abigayle is a member of various organizations on campus and holds multiple leadership positions, she also started the group Minority Cobbers for Change which volunteers with marginalized individuals and hosts events for justice and equity. Abigayle cares deeply for environmental, social, and racial justice and uses her skills from her position on the Concordia Forensics team to educate about these issues and how they are connected. Abigayle has worked heavily on issues of racial and environmental justice and is excited to continue this work as an organizer.