Executive Director Victoria Clark stepped into the role from the Legal Director position in November 2013. Victoria is a graduate of Golden Gate University School of Law, and received certificates in Environmental Law and Public Interest Law. Before joining Trustees for Alaska’s staff in 2003, she worked in Santa Barbara, California as a Staff Attorney with the Environmental Defense Center and in private practice representing local environmental non-profit groups. Her work focused on public interest environmental law in the areas of citizen enforcement, especially in the area of water quality, and land use. Vicki received her undergraduate degree in Aquatic Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Senior Staff Attorney Valerie Brown rejoined Trustees for Alaska in the spring of 2011 from private practice, where she focused on wildlife law, land use, hazardous waste, and marine resource issues. Valerie graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law with certificates in Environmental Law and Ocean and Coastal Law. While at law school she participated in the Environmental Clinic at the Western Environmental Law Center and interned at NOAA in the Office of General Council. Before joining Trustees the first time in 1998, Valerie served as a clerk to Judge Alfred T. Goodwin on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and also as a law clerk for Justice Allen T. Compton of the Alaska Supreme Court. Prior to attending law school, Valerie was the Executive Director of the Alaska Wildlife Alliance. While at AWA, Valerie served on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Wolf Management Planning Team. She currently serves as a fee arbitrator for the Alaska Bar Association, and is a member of the Federal Court Fund Committee.
Senior Staff Attorney
Senior Staff Attorney Brian Litmans joined Trustees for Alaska in the spring of 2007. Brian is a 2001 graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School and received a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. Brian was also a member of Lewis and Clark’s Environmental Law Review. While at law school, Brian worked with several environmental organizations including the Center for International Environmental Law, Defenders of Wildlife, the National Wildlife Federation, the Sierra Club, the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, and the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center. Since graduating from Lewis & Clark, Brian has worked as a solo practitioner, handling a variety of environmental cases for non-profit organizations across the country. Those cases focused on management of our public lands and protection of endangered species. Prior to law school, Brian worked in Washington, D.C. with the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Brian’s practice at Trustees for Alaska includes climate change, public land management, and mining issues.
Staff Attorney Brook Brisson joined Trustees for Alaska in the summer of 2010. Prior to joining Trustees, Brook lived in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she worked for the Northern Alaska Environmental Center on clean water and public lands issues related to mining and industrial development in the Interior and Arctic Alaska and also served as a law clerk to Judge David Mannheimer on the Alaska Court of Appeals. Brook graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2008, where she obtained a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and was an articles editor and a Ninth Circuit Review member of the Environmental Law journal. While in law school, Brook worked for a number of public interest conservation organizations, including the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center, Earthjustice, the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, and Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center. Prior to law school, Brook taught environmental education in Colorado and Vermont.
Staff Attorney Katie Strong joined Trustees for Alaska in the fall of 2010. Prior to joining Trustees, Katie lived in Driggs, Idaho, where she worked for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition on mining, public lands, and endangered species issues. Katie graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2008, where she obtained a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and was a Student Director of the Northwest Environmental Defense Center. Prior to law school, Katie obtained a M.S. in Environmental Policy, writing her thesis on wilderness preservation efforts in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Outside the office, Katie strives to spend as much time in the mountains as possible.
Staff Attorney Michelle Sinnott joined Trustees for Alaska in December 2014. Prior to joining Trustees, Michelle was an Associate Attorney at the public interest environmental law firm Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal in Washington D.C., where she worked on wildlife issues. Michelle graduated from Vermont Law School in 2013, where she won Best Brief and Best Oral Advocate at the 2013 Animal Law Moot Court Competition. While in law school, Michelle interned at the Vermont Law School Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, The Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Trustees. Prior to law school, Michelle was a paralegal at Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal.
Staff Attorney Suzanne Bostrom joined Trustees for Alaska in January 2013. Prior to joining Trustees, Suzanne served as a law clerk to Judge Joel Bolger on the Alaska Court of Appeals. Suzanne graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2010, where she obtained a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and was the editor in chief and a Ninth Circuit Review member of the environmental law journal. Suzanne also interned with Trustees after her first year of law school. Before law school, Suzanne was the Legislative and Communications Manager for the Alaska Conservation Alliance and Alaska Conservation Voters. In her free time, Suzanne enjoys downhill and cross-country skiing, gardening, and cooking.
Development Director Lisa Oakley joined Trustees for Alaska in 2013. She is a management professional with over 20 years of experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit worlds. She cut her teeth in fundraising at The Nature Conservancy of Alaska and developed a robust membership program at Alaska Geographic. Most recently, she worked for Alaska Geographic managing educational media projects. As a graduate of The Evergreen State College in Washington state, Lisa tends toward collaborative, integrated approaches. When not at work, Lisa enjoys playing ice hockey, trail running, mountain biking, hiking, and birding.
Paralegal Jean Clarkin joined Trustees in the summer of 2013. She came to Alaska in 1976, hoping to work on the pipeline. Although that didn’t pan out, there was plenty to do in Fairbanks and after working for the Fairbanks Native Association, she returned to college to complete the degree she’d begun working on in her home state of New York. Jean graduated from University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 1981 with a BA in English and minors in History and Education. Instead of teaching, however, she began working as a legal assistant in Anchorage, and received a lot of on-the-job-training. Jean has also worked as a technical writer, a marketing assistant and a legal secretary. Ten months after retiring from a Litigation Assistant position with the State of Alaska, Department of Law, she joined the Trustees for Alaska team.