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 – President 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 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 18 year old Subaru in its garage nearly all the time. Her special concern is the safeguarding of wildlife and biodiversity and ecosystems.
- Hailey Hawkins
- Ann Huggins – bio Ann has lived in Colorado since 1980, and has a degree in Environmental Conservation from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Green Building Certificate from Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO. She has worked for the Park Service, recycling and green building suppliers, HFH, and The American Solar Energy Society. Ann’s passion is creating collaborative programming for cultural and environmental projects and the arts. Ann served on the Lafayette Energy Sustainability Advisory Committee, and works at the Sister Carmen Community Center as their Manager of Volunteer Services, managing 400+ volunteers in multiple program areas including their organic garden, thrift store, and food bank.
- Michael Thomason – Treasurer bio Michael Thomason has been the Director of Physics Learning Laboratories at UC Boulder for thirty-eight years and is President of The Environmental Group (TEG). He has served as President of Emergency Family Assistance Association and on the boards of Boulder Youth Symphony and Physics Instructional Resource Association. He is active in social and environmental justice and the global transition to sustainability. He enjoys live music, travel, trail running, weightlifting, cycling, kayaking, and life on the west face of Starr Peak.
- Steve Jones – bio Steve 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 36 years, and he taught in the Boulder Valley Public Schools for 33 years.
- Dan Leftwich – bio Dan 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.
- Grant Wilson – Vice-President bioGrant is the Directing Attorney at Earth Law Center and a member of Boulder Rights of Nature. He has worked on a variety of environmental campaigns in the US and worldwide, including on climate change and water law issues. He earned a J.D. with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.
- Howard Witkin – Secretary