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Alexandra Dapolito Dunn is the Executive Director and General Counsel of the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), the national non-profit, non-partisan association of U.S. state and territorial environmental commissioners. Dunn has two decades of experience in environmental law and policy, and presently works on legislation, policy, and regulatory matters affecting all media – including air, waste, water, and toxics. She has particularly rich expertise in water quality, environmental justice and urban sustainability, and implementation of the Clean Water Act. She is a published author, and speaks regularly, on diverse environmental topics, from cooperative federalism to green cities. Dunn is a member of the bar in DC, MD, and NY, the U.S. Supreme Court, and federal courts. She has represented parties, intervenors, or amicus curiae in over 25 environmental cases. In prior positions, Dunn served as Executive Director and General Counsel of the Association of Clean Water Administrators; Dean of Environmental Law Programs and Adjunct Professor of Law (Environmental Justice, Human Rights and the Environment) at Pace Law School; as General Counsel of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies; as counsel to the American Chemistry Council; and in private law practice. Dunn is a past Chair and remains a leader in the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, chairing its World Justice Task Force. In 2014, she was reappointed to the ABA Presidential Task Force on Sustainable Development. Dunn serves on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute, as Secretary of the non-profit U.S. Water Alliance, and is a member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. She is a Lecturer in Law at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America (CUA) (DC) (Advanced Topics in Environmental Law), an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the American University’s Washington College of Law (Environmental Justice), and faculty advisor to CUA’s Environmental Law Society. She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America (DC), where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. She earned her B.A., cum laude, in Political Science and French, James Madison University, VA.

Phone: 202-266-4929 Email: adunn @

Carolyn Hanson is the Deputy Director at ECOS. She also supports the Cross Media Committee, Federal Facilities Forum, and ERIS. Before holding this position, she was a Senior Project Manager at ECOS working with the Waste Committee, the ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group, the Federal Facilities Forum, the Quicksilver Caucus, and the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC). She joined ECOS in September 2002 after working with the National Science Resources Center at the Smithsonian Institution to help develop an inquiry-based science curriculum. Prior to that she was a high school chemistry teacher in Asheville, North Carolina and Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Carolyn holds a B.S. in chemistry from Davidson College and a M.P.A. with a concentration in nonprofit management from George Mason University. She is originally from Florida.

Phone: 202-266-4924 Email: chanson @

Beth Graves is a Senior Project Manager at ECOS, supporting the Planning Committee, e-Enterprise effort, and Partnership and Performance Workgroup (P&P). Beth joined ECOS after having worked with the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources for 14 years. While at NC DENR, Beth was engaged with the Department's performance-based leadership program - the Environmental Stewardship Initiative - and leading work with industry, local governments, and hog producers on environmental management systems (EMS) related projects. Beth also worked with local governments on organics diversion, source reduction, and recycling initiatives and policy as well as grant and reporting efforts with local governments. Before beginning work in state government, Beth worked for a non-profit on a mixed paper/biosolids composting project with the City of Durham, NC. Beth graduated from Duke University with a BA in Economics.

Phone: 202-266-4923 Email: bgraves @

Neomi Levy is the Comptroller for ECOS. With over 20 years of experience in accounting, Neomi manages ECOS' accounting books, creates checks and invoices, and is responsible for all grants fiscal accountability and draw downs. She joined ECOS in May of 2007. Neomi's previous professional experience includes working as an accountant in a variety of areas, including non-profit organizations, commercial mortgage lender, and professional services.

Some of Neomi's tasks in ECOS are as follows:

  • Prepare financial statements
  • Prepare subsidiary entries for posting to general ledger accounts
  • Develop and monitor program budgets
  • Prepare and balance payroll and benefits records
  • Analyze financial data
  • Maintain accounting software and related databases
  • Compile information to assist outside accountant in the preparation and filing of annual tax returns for both parent and subsidiary organizations
  • Work with external auditors

Phone: 202-266-4927 Email: nlevy @

Meghan McNeley is the Administrative and Research Assistant at ECOS. A native of Washington State, she previously interned with the Environment Group at the Policy Studies Institute and worked with the Peick Law Group back in Seattle. Meghan attended Boston College where she received a B.A. in History with a minor in International Studies.

Phone: 202-266-4920 Email: mmcneley@

Greg McNelly is ECOS' Senior Project Manager for the National Environmental Information Exchange Network. A native of Ohio, Greg attended Miami University where he received a B.S. in Chemistry and an M.En. in Environmental Science.

Phone: 202-266-4930 Email: gmcnelly @

Lia Parisien is Executive Project Manager for ECOS, overseeing policy matters, strategic communications, and conferences. Lia staffs the ECOS Waste Committee and manages its projects, including the Shale Gas Caucus and past grants on land revitalization and the Toxics Release Inventory. In her communications role, she serves as Chief Editor of weekly newsletter ECOSWIRE and periodic online publication ECOS Green Report and formerly edited the ECOS quarterly journal. Lia also acts as ECOS’ media liaison. In the area of conferences, she plans the ECOS Spring and Annual Meetings and has organized several special conferences in Washington, DC, and cooperative meetings with U.S. EPA. Lia joined ECOS in 1999 from Inside Washington Publishers (publisher of Inside EPA), where she served as Group Manager and Chief Editor of five environmental newsletters and newsmagazines. Previously, she worked as a Production Assistant for CBS News 60 Minutes and in media relations. A summa cum laude graduate of The American University in Washington, DC, she majored in Foreign Language and Communication Media and minored in International Studies.

Phone: 202-266-4931 Email: lparisien @

Layne Piper is the Research and Meetings Associate at ECOS. She previously interned at ECOS and joined the staff in 2013. Layne supports the Water Committee, Data Management Workgroup, and Federal Facilities Forum. She also oversees the registration process for all ECOS meetings. A native Houstonian, Layne graduated from Davidson College in 2012 with a BA in History and a Concentration in Environmental Studies.

Phone: 202-266-4928 Email: lpiper @

Carolyn Sistare is the Administrative Assistant at ECOS, which she joined in March 1999. Carolyn is a native of Trinidad and Tobago and holds a Diploma in Spanish, English Literature and Economics from St. George's College. She is responsible for administrative and logistics support for various ECOS projects, including ITRC. Some of the things Carolyn does for ECOS includes:

  • Provides travel support and assists with meeting planning;
  • Maintains and updates membership and contact databases for ITRC;
  • Arrange and coordinates travel logistics for ITRC and other projects; and
  • Works with ITRC on processing travel vouchers.

Phone: 202-266-4932 Email: csistare @

Thomas Loy Tyler, Senior Counsel is on loan to ECOS from the US EPA, where he worked most recently on RCRA, CERCLA and Sustainable Materials Management in the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. He worked previously on the Energy-Economy-Environment (E3) federal initiative and for six years in the Sector Strategies Program on cross-cutting steel issues including establishment of the national mercury switch program supported by ECOS. Previously he was in house counsel for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) for ten years and worked for the Environmental and Energy Study Conference of the U.S. Congress before law school. An Iowa native, he has a B.A. in literature, science and the arts from the University of Iowa, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, is a member of the Virginia Bar and an adjunct professor at SUNY Buffalo Law School, and lives with his family in Alexandria, Virginia where he served on and chaired the City’s Environmental Policy Commission for many years.

Phone: 202-266-4921 Email: ttyler @

Anna Willett is the Director of the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC), a program of ECOS. ITRC is a private-public partnership with the mission of removing barriers to the acceptance and use of innovative environmental technologies and processes by providing information resources to the environmental community. Anna is a nationally recognized expert on remediation technologies. Her expertise includes chemical and biological treatment processes for groundwater and soil, as well as environmental chemistry and microbiology. Prior to coming to ECOS, she served as the industry representative on ITRC's Board of Advisors form 2005 to 2007 and launched ITRC's Industry Affiliates Program. Anna came to ECOS from Comprehensive Environmental Utility Services, LLC (CEUS), where she was a Senior Vice President and Partner. Prior to CEUS, Anna worked as a Senior Engineer at Haley and Aldrich, Inc. from 2005-2007, a Research and Development Manager for Regenesis from 2002 to 2005, and a Chemical Engineer at Pharmacia Corporation from 2000 to 2002. She holds an M.S. in chemical engineering from Northwestern University, a B.S. in biological engineering from Cornell University and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Phone: 202-266-4933 Email: awillett @