Board of Directors

BRENT FEWELL

Brent is the chairman of ESA. He is the Founder and Chair of the Earth & Water Group, has over 25 years experience in environmental public policy, advocacy, and law. Prior to Earth & Water, Brent served as a senior official in the George W. Bush Administration at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an environmental executive with an international water and waste company, and practiced law with several international law firms.  As a leading conservative voice on environmental problem-solving, in 2012, Brent founded the multi-blogger platform, Conservefewell, devoted to advancing principles of conservative environmentalism. 

Brent is a graduate of the University of Maine with a B.S. in Wildlife Management (magna cum laude), Duke University where he received his Master’s in Environmental Management, and Duquesne University School of Law.

Tracy mehan

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Tracy is Executive Director, Government Affairs, for the American Water Works Association (AWWA). Prior to AWWA, he was Principal with The Cadmus Group, Inc., an environmental consulting firm. He served as the Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the George W. Bush Administration. Tracy also served as director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes during the John Engler Administration and director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources during the John Ashcroft Administration.

Tracy is a graduate of Saint Louis University and its School of Law. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University and the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University.

John Murdock

John is a law professor at the Handong International Law School, a Christian institution in South Korea. He has long been active in the creation care movement and has written for numerous outlets including First ThingsChristianity TodayTouchstoneThe New Atlantis, The Stream and Front Porch Republic. For over a decade, John worked as a natural resources attorney at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C.

A native Texan, John graduated summa cum laude from Texas A & M University with a B.S. in Geography focused on environmental studies and with honors from the University of Texas School of Law. 

Kameran Onley

Kameran Onley is Director of U.S. Government Relations for The Nature Conservancy. Prior to joining the Nature Conservancy, she served as Associate Vice President with PBS&J, Inc., an environmental engineering firm focused on large-scale ecosystem restoration. Kameran was acting Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at Department of the Interior during the George W. Bush Administration, where she provided policy development, management, and oversight to the projects and programs of the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey.  She served as the principal advisor to the Interior Department Secretary and Deputy Secretary on significant environmental policy issues, such as Everglades’s restoration, western water issues, and ocean and coastal matters.  She was also Associate Director for Environmental Policy at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.  

Kameran received a B.S. in Economics from Seattle University, and a Masters in Agricultural Economics from Clemson University.

Jim Presswood

Jim is the president and executive director of ESA. He was the Federal Energy Policy Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C. Jim was also a staff attorney at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation where his focus was on clean energy and air pollution control policies.

Jim is chairman of the Arlington County Republican Committee in Virginia. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee (B.A., political science) and the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama.

Advisory Board

Alex Beehler

Alex Beehler is the President of Alex A. Beehler & Co., LLC and Member, Earth and Water Law, LLC.  He provides consulting services on environmental and energy matters for clients dealing with federal agencies, particularly the Department of Defense and the military components. 

Alex has almost 40 years of Washington, DC policy and law experience, most of which is in the environmental, energy, and sustainability fields. His experience includes positions at several federal agencies, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the Charles G. Koch Foundation where he was Vice President for Environmental Programs. His most recent public service was at the Department of Defense (2004-2009) where he served in leadership positions in Installations & Environment, ultimately as Acting Deputy Undersecretary and the Department’s first Chief Sustainability Officer.

Alex is currently a member of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Landscape Conservation Cooperative Network Council and serves on a variety of corporate and conservation boards, including the Land Conservation Assistance Network and the Alliance for Chesapeake Bay. He is the founder of the Environmental Policy Group, a monthly luncheon speakers forum on topics of current interest.

Alex has an A.B. from Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Doug faulkner

Doug Faulkner is the Founder and President of Leatherstocking LLC, a clean-technology strategic advisory firm as well as a co-founder of Jacob’s Ladder Energy Group, which helps houses of worship cut their electricity, gas and water bills. For over twenty years he has led efforts in government and business to promote the sustainable use of renewable energy and energy efficiency around-the-world. 

Doug served for almost three decades in the federal government at the Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy (DOE), and the Central Intelligence Agency. His service included leadership positions during the George W. Bush Administration as DOE Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and USDA Acting Under Secretary for Rural Development.

Doug holds a B.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Illinois and a M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. He also was a Rotary International scholar at the University of Singapore. Both he and his son are Eagle Scouts.

reed Watson

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Reed Watson is the executive director at Property and Environment Research Center (PERC). His research focuses on the implementation of market-based solutions to natural resource conflicts focusing particularly on public lands, water, and wildlife issues. With Terry Anderson and Brandon Scarborough, he co-authored Tapping Water Markets (RFF Press, 2012).

Reed holds a J.D. and M.A. in Environmental Economics from Duke University and a B.S. in Economics from Clemson University. Reed lives in Bozeman, Montana with his wife, son, and dog. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys trail running, skiing, and hunting.

Staff

Jim Presswood

--See bio above.