Rob brings more than 30 years’ worth of environmental, climate, and energy expertise to advance clean energy solutions for Pennsylvania.
As Senior Director for Energy and Climate, he works with regulatory agencies and clean energy industry experts on climate and energy issues across the Commonwealth and has provided testimony to the White House, the U.S. Senate, the Pennsylvania Legislature, and numerous state and federal agencies.
As a recognized energy and climate policy expert, Rob has been interviewed by numerous media organizations, including ABC, NBC, NPR, Fortune Magazine, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and many state and local outlets. He also writes extensively on these topics and has co-authored a book chapter on federal climate policy.
Prior to joining PennFuture, Rob spent nearly 22 years with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), working in both the Bureau of Air Quality, where he was the primary forecaster for air pollution episodes in South Central PA, and the Lehigh Valley, and in the policy office where he advised the governor’s office and department executive staff on a variety of environmental and public health issues.
In addition to his environmental work, Rob works as an adjunct instructor teaching undergraduate courses in law and ethics; serves on the board of directors of the Keystone Trails Association; volunteers as a pilot with the Civil Air Patrol—the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary; is active in his local Rotary Club; and he is also a certified scuba diver who has dived on shipwrecks in the Atlantic.
Rob is also a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve, where he commanded a combat engineering company and earned the U.S. Army Parachutist Badge jumping out of airplanes.
Rob is a Widener Commonwealth Law School graduate and is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and before the United States Supreme Court.
Emma is a Staff Attorney in PennFuture’s Philadelphia office.
Emma’s work in Philadelphia focuses on water and water quality issues in Philadelphia and throughout the Delaware River Basin. Prior to joining PennFuture, Emma was an Associate Attorney at Spiegel & McDiarmid, LLP in Washington, D.C., where she worked on a wide range of energy issues in the public interest, including clean energy policy research and ensuring fairness to ratepayers across the country.
Emma received her B.A. in Geology from Mount Holyoke College, and graduated from Georgetown University. Originally from northern Vermont, Emma spent years visiting family in the Philadelphia region, and enjoys exploring Pennsylvania by cycling, hiking, and kayaking.
Abby is Vice President of Legal and Policy at PennFuture. As Vice President, Abby is responsible for integrating PennFuture's legal, regulatory, and policy activities in furtherance of the organization's mission of protecting Pennsylvania's air, water and land, and empowering citizens to build sustainable communities for future generations.
In her role as an attorney based out of PennFuture's Poconos office, her work focuses on water quality and watershed protection, special protection waters, and stormwater management. Abby also works on the issues related to the petrochemical and fracking industries that are threatening the health of Pennsylvania's people and environment.
Prior to joining PennFuture, Abby was a Staff Attorney at Riverkeeper, where her work focused on civil litigation and administrative enforcement actions targeted at safeguarding the water quality and ecological integrity of the Hudson River and its tributaries. Before that, Abby worked as an environmental attorney in New York City and Cheyenne, Wyoming. She has written about and presented on a variety of environmental issues including the regulation and legal challenges of Marcellus Shale development in New York, energy leases for private property owners in Western States, and the Superfund cleanup of the Hudson River.
Abby earned a B.A. from Cornell University, where she was a member of the nationally-ranked Division I Women’s Lacrosse team. She received her J.D. and Certificate of Environmental Law from Pace University School of Law, cum laude, being presented with the prestigious Henry M. Feldschuh Environmental Law Award upon graduation for her leadership in and dedication to environmental law.
Abby is on the Editorial Board for the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Natural Resources & Environment publication. She is a Senior Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program (Eastern Regional Network, 2020) and a 2012 graduate of the New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute (NYCELLI).
When not working to protect Pennsylvania’s natural resources, Abby enjoys being outdoors and exploring them with her family.
Angela is a Senior Attorney in PennFuture’s Pittsburgh office.
As Senior Attorney, Angela works on improving air quality in Western Pennsylvania and challenging the petrochemical and fracking industries. Prior to joining PennFuture, Angela was an Associate Attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center in Charleston, South Carolina, where her work focused on litigation and advocacy targeting regional environmental issues such as coastal resilience, protection of wetlands, and offshore drilling. Before that, Angela worked as an environmental attorney in Pittsburgh and clerked in Baltimore for the Honorable William D. Quarles, Jr., U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Maryland.
Angela received her B.A. from the College of William and Mary and graduated magna cum laude from the George Washington University Law School. Originally from Pittsburgh, Angela enjoys hiking and kayaking in Pennsylvania’s great outdoors.
As the Campaign Manager for the Delaware River Basin, Donna oversees the work and coordination of PennFuture’s campaigns to advocate for clean water protections within the region. This work includes developing, managing, and leading campaigns that support special protection waters and Pennsylvania’s stream redesignation process.
Donna also represents PennFuture as the State Lead for the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed in Pennsylvania by convening partners to work on watershed issues.
Previously, Donna served as the Upper Bucks Field Coordinator for the Field Team, which is part of PennFuture’s strategic partnership with Conservation Voters of PA. In that role, she engaged with the community to identify and mobilize around local environmental issues.
Donna holds a B.A. in Political Science and Writing from Moravian College and a M.A. in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College, where she focused her studies on the history of social movements.
Inspired by her academic studies to become an intentional agent of social and environmental justice, Donna completed two terms of service with the Student Conservation Association in Utah and California, one term with the California Conservation Corps in that backcountry of Yosemite National Park, and served for one year as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Winooski, Vermont, supporting the local refugee resettlement program for New Americans.
She also spent fifteen years in the outdoor recreation and environmental education industries, immersed in the waterways of the Delaware River Watershed.
Donna has been an active volunteer for the Sierra Club and PennFuture in the Lehigh Valley. Her perspective as a volunteer and her love of service deeply informs her advocacy. As a Campaign Manager, she will continue to work towards a more equitable and sustainable Pennsylvania.
In her spare time, Donna gets her kicks whitewater kayaking, backpacking, knitting, and reading dystopian literature.
As Communications Director, Leigh supports and amplifies the PennFuture team’s advocacy and policy work in promoting clean energy and protecting the environment in Pennsylvania. She leads communication strategy and manages all public communications and media relations.
Leigh is a former broadcast journalist, having served at news stations in California, Florida, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Her reporting focused on environmental disasters, politics, and agriculture, including coverage of California’s multi-year drought, the deadly Northern California wildfires in 2017 and 2018, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.
Before joining PennFuture, Leigh served as Corporate Communications Director and public relations consultant for global technology companies.
She holds a Master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s degree in communications and political science from Rowan University. Before starting her television news career, Leigh served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Armenia. She taught English in a secondary school, led teacher training programs, secured grants for the construction of new learning centers, and developed a graduate journalism course at Yerevan University in partnership with USAID.
On weekends, Leigh is on the trails or at the beach with her dog, Moxie. An avid hiker, Leigh completed the Na Pali Coast (Kalalau) Trail in Kauai, the Canyon Creek Lakes Trail up to the alpine lakes of Trinity Alps, and twice climbed Half Dome in Yosemite.
Patrick brings over 20 years of experience on climate, clean energy and environmental issues to his role as president and CEO of PennFuture. Prior to joining PennFuture, he spent six years as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, leading key initiatives like passage of the state’s first carbon trading regulation, acceleration of the Commonwealth’s cleanup of waterways, and a new focus on environmental justice issues. He also served as President of the Environmental Council of the States, the voice of state environmental agencies nationally.
Prior to being named Secretary, Patrick served in roles at the DEP and the Public Utility Commission, heading up the state’s energy office, managing the agency’s budget and human resources, and overseeing the development of regulations and guidance documents. Some of his most notable accomplishments in government include development of the state’s first wind farms, the Award-winning Ehrenfeld reclaimed mines project, and entry into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
Deeply committed to environmental justice issues, Patrick has collaborated with partners across the Commonwealth and the nation. These partnerships have resulted in brownfield cleanups, waterway restoration projects, and new opportunities for tourism and leisure in Pennsylvania towns that have been historically underserved. He is a firm believer that environmentally focused policies will result in new jobs and opportunities for all Pennsylvanians.
On weekends, Patrick can be found on an improv stage in Harrisburg, hiking one of Pennsylvania’s state parks with his wife and four children, or checking out the latest Star Wars film.
As a Campaign Manager at PennFuture, Michael oversees the work and coordination of PennFuture's campaigns to advocate for clean water protections within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This work includes developing, managing, and leading the Choose Clean Water Coalition that advocates critical clean water policy and funding.
Previously, Michael served as Field Manager PennFuture, working with citizens to play a more active role in conservation policy. He recruited, trained, and managed volunteers in southcentral Pennsylvania to advocate for environmental issues. He also developed and fostered relationships with watershed and conservation organizations.
Prior to joining PennFuture, Michael was a Field Organizer with For Our Future, where he recruited, trained, and managed a team of canvassers in Dauphin, York, and Cumberland counties.
Michael has a bachelor's degree in political science from Lock Haven University. While at Lock Haven University, he was Vice President of his environmental club, Speaker of his student government’s senate, and interned at the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties.
Michael enjoys playing and watching soccer, fiddling with computers, listening to podcasts, biking on trails, and all things Star Wars.
Brigitte is a Staff Attorney in PennFuture’s Pocono Office.
Brigitte’s work focuses on water quality and watershed protection, special protection waters, and stormwater management.
Prior to joining PennFuture, Brigitte was an Associate Attorney at Siana Law in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, where her work focused on municipal and land use law.
Brigitte received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and graduated from Northeastern University Law School (NUSL). While completing her law degree, Brigitte served as a judicial intern at the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and participated in the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic. Her article, “Lawyering in the Age of Lynching” is published in the Northeastern University Law Review. Prior to attending law school, Brigitte worked full-time as the director of food service at camps in Virginia, Texas and New York.
Originally from the Lehigh Valley and now residing in Monroe County, Brigitte enjoys hiking, camping and exploring local flea markets and garage sales.
Adam serves as Director of Government Affairs for PennFuture. He splits his time between the Philadelphia and Harrisburg offices. In this role, Adam serves as a liaison with elected officials in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
A native of Ontario, New York, Adam enjoys exploring the outdoors, Yankees baseball, board games, and spending quality time with his wife and stepson.
Serving as the Lehigh Valley Field Coordinator, Maria is responsible for identifying, engaging, and mobilizing a strong base within the community to bring about change and awareness on environmental issues. In recruiting, training, and managing volunteers we will bring about a more energy efficient and sustainable Lehigh Valley.
Maria completed her undergraduate degree at DeSales University in Political Science and then went on to complete her Master’s Degree in Political Science and Public Policy at Lehigh University. After college, Maria utilized her degree as a Field Organizer for several high-profile local and national campaigns, where Maria gained valuable insight and first-hand experience of the political system, and how to mobilize and inspire a community to help her candidate achieve success. In the last several months, Maria began to transition out of the campaign world into government work and served as a census field manager for the U.S. Federal Census Bureau.
Maria attributes a good deal of her achievements to the educational foundation she received during her time at DeSales. However, it was the support Maria received from her mentors and professors that has inspired her most meaningful work as an adjunct professor at Northampton Community College and a volunteer catechist at Sacred Heart Regional Church. It has become Maria’s lifelong mission to improve and better the lives of others and inspire them to pursue their own goals. Whether that be through environmental awareness, education, policy, or politics, Maria truly believe that is her calling.
In her spare time Maria enjoys running, hiking, boxing, reading, and watching documentaries.
Jessica is a Senior Attorney at PennFuture. Jessica is based out of Philadelphia, and her work focuses on protection of Pennsylvania’s public natural resources, including clean air and water. Jessica leads PennFuture’s litigation team on matters impacting communities and the environment, including watershed protection, fighting against the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure, and ensuring the rights of Pennsylvanians under the Environmental Rights Amendment of the Pennsylvania Constitution.
Prior to joining PennFuture, Jessica was an Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. She also worked as an environmental lawyer in private practice, where she primarily focused on clean water issues, and as an Assistant Regional Counsel for the Environmental Protection Agency in its Mid-Atlantic office, bringing administrative enforcement actions under federal hazardous waste and toxic chemical regulations. In 2010, she served as an assistant counsel to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. Jessica clerked for the Honorable Louis H. Pollak on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Honorable Robert B. Kugler on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Jessica has an undergraduate degree in environmental studies from Brown University and graduated magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center. She was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers in 2023. Jessica also enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with her children.
Molly Parzen serves as Vice President for Civic Engagement at PennFuture. She's responsible for fundraising, strategic direction, and management of the Field and Democracy For All teams. She also serves as Executive Director at Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, PennFuture's strategically aligned 501c4 partner organization.
Molly has been with CVPA for more than 10 years, previously serving as the Assistant Director and Development Director. She also previously served as the Director of Operations for Civic Engagement at PennFuture.
Annie is the Campaigns Director for PennFuture. In this role, she leads PennFuture’s campaigns and staff to carry out meaningful, multifaceted projects around the Commonwealth.
She also serves as the Director of Digital Communications for the ReImagine Appalachia campaign, a coalition of groups from West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania creating pathways for good union jobs that mitigate the impacts of climate change as well as the state lead for the Climate Action Campaign, a coalition of national climate, conservation, and progressive groups, state and local partners, and key allies working to protect clean air and promote action to limit climate change.
Annie previously worked as PennFuture’s Campaign Manager and Western PA Outreach Coordinator, working with the Breathe Project to reduce air pollution in the region. Her work involved community and coalition outreach around stormwater management, renewable energy, environmental enforcement, and sound environmental policy.
Before joining PennFuture, Annie was a policy intern for American Forests and the environmental legislative intern for the office of Senator Robert Casey, Jr. in Washington, DC.
She earned an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree from American University (AU), majoring in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG) with a minor in Spanish.
Annie, a Pittsburgh native, now works from the Philadelphia office. She enjoys hiking, reading, and sewing in her spare time.
Based in Philadelphia, Matthew oversees all internal operations and programs to ensure that PennFuture is advancing the organization’s mission and strategic plan. He is a spokesperson for the organization and assists the president and CEO on all matters, including fundraising, public policy, advocacy, key relationships, external communications, and partnerships. Stepp leads and manages PennFuture’s senior staff on issues of strategy, coordination, and execution and previously served as PennFuture's Director of Policy.
Prior to joining PennFuture, Matthew served as the director of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation’s Center for Clean Energy Innovation (CCEI) in Washington, D.C., where he managed and directed high-profile energy and climate policy initiatives at the state, national, and international level. He has testified before Congress and his work has appeared in numerous national and state news and media outlets.
Matthew was also a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Fellow at the National Academies of Science, where he worked with the Transportation Research Board to analyze light duty vehicle energy reduction policy strategies. He also served as fellow at the Breakthrough Institute, where he focused on clean energy innovation policy opportunities, and participated in the inaugural Millennial Trains Project.
Matthew holds a B.Sc. in Meteorology from Millersville University as well as a M.Sc. in Science, Technology, and Public Policy from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a professional member of the American Meteorological Society.
Matthew was born and raised in Philadelphia and is an avid home brewer, amateur genealogist, and sports geek. His favorite band of all time is Pearl Jam.
As the Campaign Manager for Clean Water Advocacy, Jenny oversees PennFuture’s work in the Lake Erie Watershed. She leads the Our Water, Our Future campaign, focused on sound policy solutions to improve water quality and ensure the health of Northwestern PA ecosystems and communities.
Prior to joining PennFuture, Jenny served as the Crawford County Assistant Planning Director of Community Development, where she managed state and federal grant programs, largely focused on the implementation of pandemic relief funds. As an AmeriCorps VISTA, she also built capacity and secured funding to increase supports for rural communities impacted by the opioid epidemic.
Jenny earned a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College, majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in history. A native of the Finger Lakes Region of NY, she enjoys canoeing, hiking, and spending time with her fiancé and two rescue dogs.
Jude Yardsley (they/them/theirs) is PennFuture’s Culture and Operations Manager.
Based in Harrisburg, Jude works as part of a team of go-to internal leaders, along with the President & CEO and Executive Vice President, to manage operations, grant, administrative, and internal policy processes. They also serve as Staff Liaison and Assistant Secretary to the Board, providing administrative support for Board operations.
Jude is the diversity lead for PennFuture, acting as an ongoing ex-officio member of the internal DEIJ Committee, leading external DEIJ initiatives with aligned partner organizations, and developing or supporting internal initiatives.
Prior to joining PennFuture, Jude worked in the Harrisburg hospitality and small business industry for 8 years, where they occupied customer-facing administrative roles and management positions. Jude has been focused on creating equitable and worker-focused business environments in the redeveloped Midtown district, putting down roots, and learning how to be a good neighbor.