- Jim Jensen, Executive Director, Lobbyist
- Anne Hedges, Deputy Director & Lead Lobbyist
- Derf Johnson, Clean Water Program Director, Staff Attorney
- Brian Fadie, Clean Energy Program Director
- Mel Griffin, Special Projects
- Cari Kimball, Development Director
- Adam McLane, Business Manager
- Gail Speck, Staff Assistant
As of fall 2018, Cari Kimball is MEIC’s development director working to grow and engage the membership and to fund and communicate our crucial work. MEIC’s mission of protecting Montana’s clean air, water, and awe-inspiring landscapes is embedded in her DNA.
In other professional capacities, Cari has raised money for a variety of non-profits, noodled up conservation science-art projects, executed door-to-door political campaigns, and facilitated conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Cari holds a B.S. from Linfield College and an M.S. from the University of Montana, both in Environmental Studies.
Cari grew up outside of Billings watching the Beartooths on the horizon. When she’s not engaged in the hustle, she feeds her soul by hitting the trails with her husband, Brian, and daughter, Ruby.
Contact Cari at [email protected]
Clean Energy Program Director
As Clean Energy Program Director, Brian advocates for local, state, and federal policies that will accelerate the development of Montana’s clean energy and energy efficiency economy by working with MEIC’s members, elected officials, and community leaders.
Contact Brian at [email protected]
In 2012, Mel moved from Minneapolis to Helena to pursue a career in the arts. She immediately fell in love with Montana’s beautiful trails and rivers and decided to make the relocation permanent.
Mel spends most of her time working with MEIC’s highest contributors.
Before joining the MEIC staff, Mel was a Resident Artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, and also worked as a college professor and outdoor educator. She continues to work as a professional ceramic artist and illustrator from her new studio and home in the Scratchgravel Hills.
In her free time, Mel can be found trail running, cooking, and observing and drawing wildlife.
Contact Mel at: [email protected]
Deputy Director & Lead Lobbyist
Anne Hedges is deputy director and lead lobbyist for the Montana Environmental Information Center where she has worked on pollution related issues for 24 years. She works with elected officials and government agencies to adopt, interpret, and enforce strong environmental regulations. She helps organize individuals and communities to effectively participate and influence government decisions. Her work currently focuses on minimizing climate change and protecting air and water from the impacts of fossil fuel development.
Anne received her B.S. in environmental policy analysis and planning from the University of California at Davis and a Masters of Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. She spent two years in the Peace Corps as an environmental education volunteer in Paraguay.
In 2006 Anne was given an award by the Montana Wildlife Federation for her outstanding work lobbying on behalf of conservation interests. She also received a similar award from Women’s Voices for the Earth two years earlier. In December 2008, the Helena-based Cinnabar Foundation recognized Anne with its highest award, the Len and Sandy Sargent Stewardship Award. In September 2010, Anne received the Outstanding Preservation Leadership award from the Montana Preservation Alliance for “Championing Preservation of the Great Falls Portage National Historic Landmark.”
Contact Anne at: [email protected]
Executive Director, Lobbyist
Jim Jensen has been MEIC’s Executive Director since 1985. Previously he served in the Montana House of Representatives from Billings where he was a member of the Natural Resources, Fish and Game, and Judiciary committees. Prior to taking his present position he was a lobbyist for various interests including the elderly, child care providers, and judges. From 1990 to 1994 he was an elected supervisor of the Lewis and Clark County Conservation District.
In 1988 Jim was a founding member of the State Environmental Leadership Program, a national network of state-based environmental groups headquartered in Madison, WI.
In 1989 he was appointed by President George H.W. Bush and reappointed by President Bill Clinton to a Federal Advisory Committee to the U.S. EPA Administrator on mine waste regulation. He also served as a member of the Western Governors Association’s Mine Waste Advisory Group. In 1998 he authored and was the chief advocate for a successful ballot initiative that banned open-pit cyanide-leach gold mining in Montana.
He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Boulder, CO-based Western Clean Energy Campaign and is on the board of directors of the Portland, OR-based Renewable Northwest Project. He was a founding steering committee member of the Seattle based Northwest Climate Connections (now a program of Climate Solutions), a collaborative organization of private businesses, governments and public interest groups who are working to substantially reduce green house gas emissions in the Pacific Northwest (including British Columbia) through voluntary, co-operative and incentive based approaches.
He attended Westminster College in Salt Lake City and holds a B.A. in Political Science from the Univ. of Montana (1980).
Contact Jim at: [email protected]
Clean Water Program Director, Staff Attorney
Derf Johnson has served as the clean water program director since 2010. In this role, Derf is a policy advocate, attorney, and lobbyist, and works primarily on coal, oil and gas development, and hard rock mining. Derf is also leading the Save Our Smith campaign.
Derf grew up in Montana’s Gallatin Valley. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Montana School of Law, and his bachelor of arts in environmental studies and anthropology from the University of Montana. During law school, Derf worked in the land use planning clinic and served as a staff member for the Public Lands and Resources Law Review. He has a certificate in Natural Resources Conflict Resolution from the Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy, and he is a member of the Montana Bar Association (MBA) and the MBA section on Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment. Derf has volunteered and worked previously with Montana Conservation Voters and the Montana Public Interest Research Group. Prior to joining MEIC, Derf worked as a statewide outreach coordinator for I-164, the successful statewide ballot initiative addressing predatory payday lending. He also lobbied during the 2007 session on consumer issues and voter access.
In his free time, Derf enjoys rafting and fishing Montana’s rivers, hiking, biking, skiing, and climbing in our beautiful mountain ranges, and picking a banjo tune.
Contact Derf at: [email protected]
With MEIC since 1985, Adam manages MEIC’s finances, helps on member recruiting and fundraising, edits MEIC publications, and assists on other projects. He maintains all MEIC’s databases and mailing lists. He has a B.A. in History from Williams College (1960), an M.B.A. in Accounting from Stanford University (1968), is a Certified Public Accountant, and has worked for nonprofit organizations since 1972.
Contact Adam at: [email protected]
Gail joined the MEIC staff in 1999. A native of Whitehall, Montana, Gail has lived in Helena since 1985.