BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kelly Matheson is an attorney, filmmaker and human rights advocate with a specialty in environmental human rights and the use of video in criminal justice investigations and proceedings. As an attorney, she worked in East Africa researching citizens’ rights to bring suit against their governments when governments broke their own laws. She then practiced throughout the western United States working on issues where environmental and human rights converge. Her film career began in 2003. Her film projects focused on indigenous and environmental rights in Central America and the United States. This led to a year-long research project as a Fulbright Scholar in Congo-Brazzaville where she collaborated with a video-centered outreach project to determine the effectiveness of video to increase knowledge and, in turn, change behaviors to prevent the transmission of the Ebola virus. Currently, she is a Senior Attorney and Program Manager with WITNESS, an international human right organization that specializes in using video to support change in human rights practice, policy and law. At WITNESS, she launched the inaugural Video Advocacy Institute, began the North America program and now leads WITNESS’ Video as Evidence project which supports human rights lawyers and activists to enhance the evidentiary value of the video they collect in hopes that it can be used to hold perpetrators of human rights abuses accountable and free the wrongly accused. Having graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law and Montana State University’s MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking, Kelly’s passion is traveling to different corners of the world to support on-the-ground activists to use law and film to secure our basic human rights.
Megan Gleason is a 2015 graduate of the University of Oregon, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies. Megan interned with Our Children’s Trust during college in our YouCAN program to help pass the successful Eugene Climate Recovery Ordinance. A dedicated environmentalist, Megan has also worked with Food & Water Watch and UO Climate Justice League to organize the UO Take Back the Tap campaign, and interned with the Congressional Research Service in Washington, D.C. to research federal green building programs. Additionally, she wrote her undergraduate thesis on our litigation, entitled "Atmospheric Trust Litigation: Prompting Climate Action Through the Courts." Megan brings an analytical and youth perspective to our governance and programming.
Sharon Duggan is a California attorney in private practice in Oakland, California. A private practitioner for twenty-eight years, Sharon has represented environmental organizations and individuals throughout California in a wide variety of matters involving state and federal forestry, water quality, endangered species, environmental quality and administrative procedure laws. Over the years she has been an invited presenter on environmental law at various legal education forums, has published articles on environmental issues and a treatise on California forestry law, and was recognized as a top environmental lawyer in 2003. Sharon is currently part-time staff counsel for the Environmental Protection Information Center in Humboldt County, California, litigating natural resources protection and regulatory law enforcement.
Diane Hazen is a licensed clinical social worker, and has worked most recently as Director of Community Partnerships and Care Transitions for PeaceHealth. She was Director of Medical Social Work at Sacred Heart Medical Center for eleven years. Diane is Past President and has served on the Board of the South Lane Family Relief Nursery for seventeen years. She is Past President of the Oregon Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare and was the recipient of the organization’s award, “Social Work Administrator of the Year”, for the state of Oregon. Her community memberships include serving on the Healthy Start Community Advisory Board, Lane County Harm Reduction Coalition and Latino Medical Access Coalition. She also worked on policy and legislative issues while serving on PeaceHealth’s Government Relations Task Force. Diane has presented nationally on topics addressing how to create collaborative community forums to effect change and improve health care across the continuum.
Julia Olson graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1993 with a B.A. in International Affairs and from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, with a J.D. in 1997. Julia worked for 15 years representing grassroots conservation groups in the West. She helped protect rivers, forests, parks, wilderness, wildlife, organic agriculture and human health. After becoming a mother, and realizing the greatest threat to her children and children everywhere was climate change, she began focusing her work in that field and founded Our Children's Trust. Her work has led her to the intersection of human rights and environmental protection and she is passionate about working for youth. Julia also teaches environmental courses as an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon School of Law. To rejuvenate, Julia loves being high up in the mountains with her family and her dog or playing tunes on her ukulele with friends.
Patrick McGinley is a graduate of Dickinson College and Duke University School of Law. He was law clerk for Justice Thomas W. Pomeroy Jr. of Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court. McGinley served as Special Asst. Attorney General, Pennsylvania Environmental Strike Force. He is the Charles H. Haden II Professor of Law at West Virginia University where he teaches environmental, administrative, and natural resources law. Professor McGinley was co-editor of Coal Law & Regulation andthe Eastern Mineral Law Foundation’s Annual Proceedings. He has served as Chair, ALI-ABA Course of Study: Legal Issues in the Coal Industry; Chair, Assn. of American Law Schools, Environmental Law Section; member Advisory Board, W. Va, Department of Energy; member, W.Va. Governor’s Independent Investigation Panels of Sago and Upper Big Branch Mine Disasters. He is a member of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide, a global network of human rights and environmental advocates. The Environmental Policy Institute has recognized him for Atireless efforts to promote and uphold the rights of the land, the people of America's coalfields and the law protecting them" and by the Public Justice Foundation for Awinning exceptional victories for the public interest. For more than three and a half decades Professor McGinley has represented and counseled Appalachian rural families and communities seeking to vindicate their rights to a healthy and safe environment.
Jim is the founder and CEO of Online Convergence Corporation, an internet holding company focused on online commerce and mobile applications. Jim donates a considerable amount of his time and resources to improving the educational opportunities of poor and at-risk children and advocating for solutions to the problem of global climate change. In addition to his service on the Board of Our Children’s Trust, Jim is on the Board of Directors of Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he works with renowned Climate Scientist Dr. Jim Hansen to advocate for market driven approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and is the author of the Clean Energy and Shared Prosperity Act. Jim is in the process of founding Heights Academy Charter School; was a founding trustee of Loyola Academy and the St. Columbkille Partnership School; and previously served under Peter Lynch as Vice President and trustee of Boston’s Inner-City Scholarship Fund and the Catholic Schools Foundation. Jim is a graduate of Boston College and lives in the Boston area with his wife and their three children.