Where Are They Now?

 

For five decades, PEC’s staff has shared a common goal: to protect and restore Pennsylvania’s environment. This mission has always attracted a talented group from a wide range of professional backgrounds. Over the years, this staff has turned over as folks switched paths or retired. But each individual that has worked at PEC has contributed to its impact and helped shape its legacy. In honor of our 50th anniversary, we decided to catch up with some former PEC employees to see what they’re doing now.


Jessica Anderson

Institutional Giving Director The Trust for Public Land

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Communications Manager, 2005–2012

The Trust for Public Land works to protect the places people care about and to create close-to- home parks—particularly in and near cities. Its goal is to ensure that every child has easy access to a safe place to play in nature. Since leaving PEC in 2012, Jessica has raised millions of dollars for the development of green schoolyards, which are now providing opportunities for underserved children and families to experience the joy and wonder of nature close to home.

Lindsay Baxter

Manager, State Regulatory Strategy, Duquesne Light Company

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Program Manager, Energy and Climate, 2011–2018

During her seven-year tenure at PEC, Lindsay was one of two Americans selected for the McCloy Fellowship in Environmental Policy with the American Council on Germany, where she completed independent research, including arranging 30 interviews with German energy experts, culminating in a research paper entitled “The Energiewende: Informing Pennsylvania Energy Policy.” Today, Lindsay leads the state regulatory strategy for Duquesne Light Company in Pittsburgh.

Spencer Finch

Project Manager and Sustainability Leader, Langan Engineering and Environmental Services

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Director, Sustainable Development, 2006–2013

Since leaving PEC in 2013, Spencer has served as chair of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (Delaware Valley Chapter) and as a board member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (Philadelphia Section).

Andy Johnson

Director, Watershed Protection Program, William Penn Foundation

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, 1990–2001

Under Andy’s direction, the William Penn Foundation’s Watershed Protection Program has supported and helped to develop significant collaborative efforts focused on protection and restoration of clean water, public access to waterways, and building a constituency for clean water in the Delaware River watershed, including the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, the Alliance for Watershed Education, and the Circuit Trails Coalition.

Julie McMonagle

Lecturer/Lab Manager, Wilkes University

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Vice President and Project Manager, Northeast Regional Office, 1995–2010

Julie’s work in the Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences program at Wilkes University is aimed at developing and implementing a field-based Environmental Science Summer Day Camp for high school students. The intent of this camp is to expose students to the fields of geo-sciences and learn about human impacts on air quality, water quality and quantity issues, and soils, by collecting and analyzing data from three area parks and trails.

Jonathan Meade

Associate Regional Director for Resource Stewardship and Science, National Park Service

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Director, Watersheds Programs, and Executive Director, Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, 2009–2011

After leaving PEC in 2011, Jon joined the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. In his current role with the NPS, Jon oversees all work on natural resource management, cultural resource management, and environmental compliance from Virginia to Maine. He also functions as the chief scientist for the region.

Timothy D. Schaeffer

Executive Director, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Director, Central Pennsylvania Region, 2002–2005

After leaving PEC in 2005, Tim joined Audubon Pennsylvania, and then later Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission as the director of Policy and Planning, a position he held for 10 years. From there, he was appointed deputy secretary of the Office of Water Programs at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. He returned to the Fish and Boat Commission in 2018 to become the agency’s executive director, where he serves as the Commission’s chief executive officer as well as chief waterways conservation officer, and has charge of all activities under the jurisdiction of the Commission.

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