Jeni Krencicki Barcelos graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley, where she studied Political Science and Conservation and Resource Studies. Her political experience includes working as an in-house consultant to Environment2004, coordinating the national environmental outreach for Gore 2000, serving as a Bessette-Kennedy Fellow in Public Policy with the California Democratic Party, assisting on the planning committee of Inspiring America, and working as a Conservation Organizer with the Sierra Club. She has been identified as an “Emerging Progressive Leader” by Campaign for America’s Future, and she currently serves as a Fellow with the Progressive Ideas Network and as an Associate with the Commonweal Institute. Jeni recently completed her Master’s degree in Environmental Science at Yale University, where she co-created and co-taught the school’s first seminar addressing the environmental impacts of war and militarization. She also worked closely with a classmate on the “Progressive Synergy Project,” an academic meta-analysis of the progressive movement’s failure to adapt to changing social and political circumstances. Jeni is currently working with The Climate Project as a volunteer presenter of Al Gore’s global warming slide show and serves as a Gates Public Service Law Scholar at the University of Washington School of Law.
Jen Marlow graduated from Middlebury College in 2002, where she studied environmental studies and literature with John Elder and Bill McKibben. Jen co-edited Middlebury’s Otter Creek Journal, a student-led publication of art and writing on the relationship between nature and culture. After college, Jen worked on a wildlife refuge on The Big Island of Hawai’i, studying the conservation of native Hawaiian bird species and then began a career in media as a newspaper reporter in her hometown. Jen’s media experience includes working as an editor at award-winning Orion magazine with authors Sandra Steingraber, Mark Winne, and Mary Oliver on pieces about national security, food insecurity, and the environment, and then in publications at the Northwest nonprofit Ecotrust where she worked on Oregon’s Farm to School campaign and was a columnist for Edible Portland. Jen also co-organized the Next Generation Leadership Retreat Series for The Center for Whole Communities to better connect young environmental and social justice organizers. Jen has extensive international field experience, including researching the connection between poverty and a degraded environment in Nepal’s Makalau National Park with assistance from the Mountain Institute, and on harpy eagle conservation in Panama with the Peregrine Fund. Last summer Jen worked with Jeni at the Washington Environmental Council and Sightline Institute on developing fair climate policies for Washington state, including researching cap-and-cash back programs. Jen is currently working with the law school’s environmental law clinic on climate change issues.
Michele Storms is the Executive Director of the Gates Public Service Law Program at the University of Washington School of Law. Michele started her legal career as a staff attorney at Evergreen Legal Services in 1988 with a focus on family law, custody and domestic violence. She later served as a faculty member at the University of Washington School of Law in the clinical law program for eight years where she founded the Child Advocacy Clinic. At UWLS she taught child advocacy, family law and interviewing and counseling for lawyers. Prior to rejoining the law school as Executive Director of the William H. Gates Public Service Law Scholarship program in 2006, she was a statewide advocacy coordinator at both the Northwest Justice Project and Columbia Legal Services where she coordinated civil legal aid advocacy in the areas of family law, youth and education, housing, elder law, Native American and right to counsel issues. In addition to her service on numerous boards and guilds both locally and nationally, Michele served on the Washington State Access to Justice Board for six years and is currently a Management Information Exchange board member and is the elected secretary of that body. Michele was awarded a King County Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year Award in 1992 and was honored by Washington Women Lawyers with a Special Contribution to the Judiciary Award in 1998. Over the years Michele has provided training and has written on topics such as leadership and diversity and has served as a facilitator for meetings and retreats for non- profit organizations. Michele is grateful to have been able to devote her entire legal career to public service and is doubly grateful to be in a position now to encourage and support others in pursuing that path.