Board of Directors
Director of International Programs
Environmental Law Institute (ELI)
Carl Bruch focuses on making environmental law work. He has helped countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Central and Eastern Europe develop and implement laws, policies, and institutional frameworks to effectively manage natural resources and the environment. He is an authority on environmental governance and institutions, and particularly on the linkages between the environment, security, and peace. Among other projects, he assisted countries in West Africa evaluate options for establishing the Guinea Current Commission; examined legislative approaches for addressing marine litter; and supported efforts to improve ocean compliance and enforcement. In addition to working at ELI, Bruch has been an attorney with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide.
Nan Hauser is the President and Director of the Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation and The Cook Islands Whale Research Project. Based between Maine and Rarotonga, Cook Islands, she researches the navigation, migration, behavior, acoustics, genetics and abundance of cetaceans; including satellite tagging whales to monitor their long distance migrations. Nan was integral to the formation of a 2 million square kilometer whale sanctuary in the Cook Islands’ EEZ, and founded and directs the Whale & Wildlife Center in Rarotonga. In addition to her work as a whale biologist, environmental educator, registered nurse, and ship captain, Nan conducts scientific research for the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium along with serving on their Executive Committee.
Tom Krepitch’s interest in global affairs inspired him to earn an MBA at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, which is consistently rated as the world’s best school for international business. Following a career in corporate finance, Tom enrolled in law school with the intent to practice animal law upon graduation. During law school, Tom wrote the article Detailed Discussion on Whaling, which provides a comprehensive analysis of the global whaling industry and is published on the Michigan State University College of Law’s Animal Legal and Historical Center Web site. He completed his law school career by passing the Arizona bar exam and serving as a clerk with the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
Assistant Dean, Public Interest & Pro Bono Director, HOPE Public Interest Resource Center
University of Miami School of Law
Marni Lennon is the founder and director of the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center, and has worked and taught at the University of Miami School of Law for 20 years, serving for nine years as Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Disability Services.
Dean Lennon established the HOPE Fellows Program, which provides students with opportunities to work locally, nationally and internationally in public interest organizations. She also directs the Miami Scholars Program, serves as an advisor to the Public Interest Leadership Board, and works closely with student organizations engaged in community outreach and advocacy. Dean Lennon has served as the Chair for the AALS Pro Bono Section and is the former chair of the National Advisory Committee of Equal Justice Works.
Courtney S. Vail
Director, Principal Consultant
Courtney Vail has worked within the conservation and animal welfare field for 25 years. With a diverse background in biology, law and environmental policy, she has provided leadership for diverse domestic and international outreach and policy initiatives. Courtney has served as a campaigner, strategic planner, and director of programs for numerous non-governmental organizations focused on animal welfare and conservation, and always with a passion for seeking balanced solutions that promote understanding and empathy. Having also held positions within several Government agencies and the private sector, she has worked from within and outside of the regulatory frameworks that guide national and international policy and management.