We are Trustees for Alaska
This dedicated team works day in and day out to empower people to stand up for their rights and keep Alaska wild. Find out more about our team in our blog post, Why do I do this work, and learn more about our Board of Trustees here.
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.
Senior Staff Attorney
Senior 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.
Senior Staff Attorney
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 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.
Staff Attorney Bridget Psarianos joined Trustees for Alaska in November 2017. Prior to joining Trustees, Bridget worked in various roles for the Department of the Interior for six years: a NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) project manager for the Bureau of Land Management-Alaska; an attorney-advisor detailee in the Office of the Solicitor in Washington, D.C.; and finally as a Program and Legal Analyst for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Alaska Region. Bridget graduated from Pace University School of Law in 2011, where she received a certificate in Environmental Law and interned at Pace’s Environmental Litigation Clinic. After graduating from the Pennsylvania State University and prior to law school, she was an Americorps volunteer, travelled, and worked at a ski resort in Montana. Bridget loves playing outside in Alaska year-round, and spends most of her “indoorsy” time reading, cooking, and listening to music.
Development Director Tracy Lohman rejoined the staff of Trustees for Alaska in 2017 as Development Director. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Tracy earned a B.A. in Communications and Public Relations from Slippery Rock University. Following graduation, Tracy spent a year in Japan focusing on Japanese language studies. Upon returning to the U.S., Tracy landed her first job at a non-profit cultural exchange program in Washington, D.C. and discovered her true passion — working for social change organizations — and has continued to work in the field ever since. Tracy has served as executive director of Alaska Community Share, and as development director of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, ACLU of Alaska and YWCA Alaska. She is also the 2017 Vice President of Education for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Alaska Chapter. Tracy has called Alaska home for over 26 years. Her favorite Alaska pastimes are kayaking and beach combing. When not near the water, Tracy and her husband shuttle their two teen-aged boys to ski races, basketball games and fencing tournaments.
Office Manager Ashley Boyd joined Trustees for Alaska in May 2018. Prior to joining Trustees, Ashley worked as an Event Director in Texas for 4 years. Ashley earned her B.A. in Government from University of Texas in Austin. Outside of the office, Ashley enjoys reading, kayaking, politics, and traveling.
Legal Fellow Maresa Jenson joined Trustees for Alaska in September 2018. Prior to joining Trustees, Maresa served as a law clerk for Superior Court Judge Kari Kristiansen in Palmer, Alaska. Maresa graduated from the University of Montana School of Law in 2017 where she obtained a joint Masters of Public Administration degree and a certificate in Natural Resources and Environmental Law. While in law school Maresa was co-publication editor of the Public Lands and Resources Law Review, a participant in the Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Moot Court Competition, and an intern at the Department of the Interior–Anchorage Solicitor’s Office. When not at Trustees Maresa maximizes her time in the mountains and on rivers.
Legal Fellow Rachel Briggs joined Trustees in the fall of 2019. Prior to joining Trustees, Rachel served as a law clerk to Justice Maassen of the Alaska Supreme Court. She graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2018, where she earned a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and was member of the Environmental Law Review. While in law school, Rachel worked for public interest environmental firms including Crag Law Center, Earthjustice, and Earthrise Law Center. Prior to law school, Rachel was the Eastern Grassroots Organizer for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and playing with her cats.
Legal Assistant Heidi Helling joined Trustees for Alaska in winter of 2019. Prior to joining Trustees, Heidi worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a Wildlife Biologist for Arctic, Yukon Flats, and Kanuti Refuges. Over the years, her work focused on large mammal habitat ecology and snow science. Heidi spent four years on Kodiak Island looking at brown bear and mountain goat habitat use. Heidi then moved to Fairbanks where she transitioned into a climate change emphasis and lead the snow science program for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Arctic Refuge. Her winter work on landscape level snow dynamics resulted in two winter expeditions in Arctic Refuge totaling just over 1,900 miles and a better understanding of historical snow characteristics in northeastern Alaska. In 2017 Heidi left for Jackson Hole, Wyoming for skiing and ultra-running and returned to Alaska in 2019 with an interest in policy and law. Heidi received her undergraduate degree in Ecology and Conservation Biology from the University of Idaho in 2012.
Dawnell Smith joined Trustees for Alaska in 2016. She made Alaska base camp after jumping off the train in Denali National Park on a cold March day in 1988. Since then, she has worked in journalism, manufacturing (brewing), nonprofit management, education, and communications. She got her start in Alaska media as a freelance beer columnist for the Anchorage Daily News, where she later worked as a staff reporter. She has coordinated and managed multiple art events, worked for nonprofit arts organizations, and taken a leadership role in organizations like F Magazine, Poetry Parley and The Writer’s Block. Until recently, she played roller derby for Rage City Rollergirls, where she learned the true value of multi-tasking and communication. Her professional experience includes writing, editing, publishing, social marketing, crisis response, and community outreach. Prior to Trustees, she worked for the Department of Health and Social Services. She got her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis, and her master’s from the University of Alaska Anchorage. When not at work, she hangs out with her family, runs with dogs, reads incessantly, skates, hikes, skis and makes poems, essays, short stories, and art.