Anne Rolfes, Founding Director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, began her career in Nigeria, collaborating with local communities to address oil companies’ destruction of the Niger Delta. She returned to Louisiana in 2000 and founded the Louisiana Bucket Brigade to end pollution in her home state. The organization has created cutting edge tools, including the iWitness Pollution Map, the Refinery Accident Database and in street based artistic performatnces. Anne was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana where many people made their fortunes from the oil industry. She has seen the wealth and the poverty created by oil production and seeks to make the industry more equitable. She has a Masters in International Development from Tulane; she has twice testified before Congress. Her work has been recognized by local and national awards, including the Jane Bagley Lehman Award for Public Advocacy and the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader Award.
Hope LeBlanc has over eight years of service in the non-profit community as a Program Manager. Her experience has been primarily with grants and financial management of small non-profits, as well as assisting small businesses to establish and maintain their financial records system. Hope enjoys working behind the scenes in order to ensure that the vision and purpose of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade is fulfilled. She has been with the Louisiana Bucket Brigade since 2008.
Iris Brown is a former community partner and board member of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. Iris was born and raised in the neighborhood of Diamond in Norco, Louisiana next to Shell Chemical plant. After losing family members to illnesses related to chemical exposure, Iris stepped up in the fight for environmental justice, becoming a leading spokesperson and negotiator for The Concerned Citizens of Norco. In 2002 Iris and her neighbors pressured Shell to buy out their contaminated property. Since then, Iris has traveled around the state, country and the world making presentations, attending shareholder meetings and encouraging other communities in their environmental justice campaigns. Iris is a teacher by profession.
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Elana is a recent graduate from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, where she studied Sociology and Anthropology. Her education and classes, which focused on social inequality, have motivated her to want to give back to the community and provide equal opportunity for all people. Elana also has a strong background in outdoor and environmental education from leading backpacking and outdoors trips for the past 5 years. Working at Bucket Brigade allows Elana to combine two of her passions, environmentalism and social justice work.
Eric Parrie teaches US History at G. W. Carver Collegiate Academy and is Program Director for the Urban Leaders Fellowship in New Orleans. Prior to joining the faculty at Carver in 2013, Eric worked as an Operations Manager for The New Teacher Project and as an organizer on several political campaigns in Pittsburgh and New Orleans. He served as a Research Associate for the Bucket Brigade in 2009 and taught English in Nantes, France for three years, offering courses at Lycee les Bourdonnieres and the law school of the University of Nantes. He currently serves on the boards of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade and Libraries without Borders. Eric holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, a Masters in French and Comparative Literature from the University of Nantes, and a B.A. in Political Science from Tulane University.
Holly is the Deputy Operations Director at UltraViolet, a national women's rights group based in DC. As the Deputy Operations Director, Holly oversees daily operations, human resources, and organizational development. Prior to working at UltraViolet, Holly worked at MoveOn.org as a lead organizer on the field team. She managed staff and created programs that trained MoveOn members across the country as organizers, and helped them build council structures to carry out various strategies in the field. Before MoveOn, Holly was an internal organizer with the Service Employees International Union in San Francisco, CA, and Portland, OR. Holly began her organizing career in New Orleans, with the Bucket Brigade after Hurricane Katrina, and is excited to be a part of the organization again. Holly currently lives in New Orleans with her partner Dustin and a herd of animals. In her free time, you'll find her doing yoga, spending time outdoors in her garden, and traveling as much as possible.
Steve joined the LABB in February 2008 after Christina recruited him in Utah. No one knows what drinks were involved. He began his service on the Programs committee. In his other life, Steve works as a Biologist at the US Army Corps of Engineers. Steve received his MS in Biology in 2000 from East Carolina University. In 2003, Steve arrived in New Orleans as a bright-eyed country boy from North Carolina, after serving three years overseas in US Peace Corps. Steve was active in the New Orleans environmental community for 3 years. The winds of Hurricane Katrina blew Steve and his wife Casey all the way out to Utah for two years. Steve and Casey returned to New Orleans in March 2008 because the thought of having their first child in the state of Utah was just plain scary. That, and mudbugs and oysters are real hard to come by in Utah. Steve has an insatiable desire to stick it to the man and has kindly devoted his free time to helping the Bucket Brigade do just that.
Andrew Jacoby's case work includes oilfield contamination, sewage contamination, issues with siting chemical facilities, air pollution affecting fenceline communities, water pollution, and oil and gas work generally. Mr. Jacoby volunteers with the GreenARMY by drafting legislation to protect citizens from pollution and from misuse of natural resources. Mr. Jacoby has written extensively on environmental and public health topics, and has given presentations on fracking, endangered species, water rights, and historic preservation. He has undergraduate degrees from the University of Texas in international business and spanish, and a law degree from Tulane Law School, where he was given the Brian P. McSherry Award for the student demonstrating the greatest contribution to public service.
Following Hurricane Katrina I moved back to my home town of New Orleans with a mission to speak out about environmental issues. I strongly believe that this hurricane was a warning that we need to respond to, that we need to start making better decisions in the way that we treat our environment. It is for that reason that I have joined the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, to help an organization speak out about an issue that I am passionate about, the health and well being of our environment.
Mary Kathryn Nagle is the President of the Board of Directors. Nagle just recently graduated summa cum laude from Tulane Law School where received a certificate in environmental law, and is now studying for the Bar in Virginia. For 2008-2010 she will clerk for the Honorable Joseph Bataillon and Honorable Laurie Smith Camp in the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska. During 2009-2010, she will clerk for the Honorable Fortunado Benavides on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Nagle is also the author of several plays, including Katrina Stories, Welcome to Chalmette, and To the 7th Degree.
Working with others is a crucial part of our work. Below is a partial list of our key partners.
Local / regional groups:
Keith Adams, St. Rose Community One Voice
Adam Babich, Tulane Environmental Law Clinic
Dr. Ezra Boyd, DisasterMap.net
Alicia Cooke, 350 Louisiana
Dr. Lisa Flanagan, Xavier Department of Communications Studies
Cherri Foytlin, BOLD Louisiana
Renate Heurich, 350 Louisiana
General Russel Honoré, GreenARMY
Darryl Malek-Wiley, Sierra Club
Margie Richard, Concerned Citizens of Norco Emeritus
Ashley Shelton, One Voice Coalition
Leon Waters, Louisiana Museum of African American History / Hidden History Tours, LLC
Gulf Restoration Network