We are a group of citizen activists of diverse social and political affiliations who are united in our belief in the importance of rights for nature.
Board Members (2015):
- Dale Ball – bio Dale arrived in Colorado in 2011. Dale came to rights of nature through a deep interest in animal rights and concern for the environment. She joyfully teaches vegan cooking classes in her home in south Boulder. Check out her website frontrangevegan.org.
- Kitty Brigham – bio Kitty has lived in Colorado since 1976. She began working for environmental protection and conservation in 1980 as natural resources chair for the Jefferson County League of Women Voters. She is a 95% vegan. She is a past nonprofit administrator and current nonprofit volunteer. Kitty lives in a new net-zero 100% fossil-free solar PV home that was designed by CU architecture and engineering students. She also “walks”, bikes and buses “the talk” by leaving her 14 year old Subaru parked nearly all the time. Her special concern is the safeguarding of wildlife and biodiversity and vitalization of ecosystems.
- Steve Jones – bio Steve Jones is author of The Last Prairie, a Sandhills Journal, and co-author of The Shortgrass Prairie, the Peterson Field Guide to the North American Prairie, Colorado Nature Almanac, Wild Boulder County, and Butterflies of the Colorado Front Range. Steve organized the first comprehensive small owl and wintering raptor surveys in Boulder County and helped plan and carry out the Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas. His consulting work includes more than two-dozen breeding bird and resource inventories for city, county, and state open space programs. He has led field trips and taught nature classes for 32 years, and he taught in the Boulder Valley Public Schools for 33 years. He currently serves as president of Boulder County Audubon Society.
- Sarah Hallowell
- Hailey Hawkins
- Dan Leftwich – bio Dan Leftwich is a founding member of Boulder Rights of Nature; an attorney in Boulder, Colorado, and the founder of MindDrive Legal Services, LLC. (www.minddrivelegal.com). MindDrive Legal Services represents clients in civil rights, constitutional law and general litigation matters, as well as community groups seeking to enact local or state-wide initiatives. Dan has an undergraduate degree in journalism, and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. During his 20 year span as a plaintiffs’ class action litigator, Dan was involved in some of the most complex cases in the nation against Fortune 100 corporations addressing monopoly power, price fixing, and corporate fraud with his former law firm in Washington, D.C. For the past few years, Dan has helped represent local community groups, such as Protect Our Loveland, Our Broomfield, and others, defend their constitutional rights to protect themselves from the hazards to public health, safety and the environment of hydraulic fracturing and orther corporate industrial acitivities. He is the author of several articles and presentations on legal issues, Earth Jurisprudence, Sustainablility, and the Rights of Nature.
- Michael Thomason
- Howard Witkin