IEC Staff and Board

Jennifer Walling | Executive Director

Jen Walling started as executive director of IEC in January of 2011. In addition to managing the organization, Jen lobbies on behalf of IEC’s nearly 70 member organizations on a wide range of issue.  During her tenure, she has guided passage of legislation such as Illinois’ ban on microbeads in personal care products, funding for IDNR, recreation liability protection for landowners, numerous bills on recycling and composting, and many other statewide policies.

Prior to her time as executive director, Jen worked as chief of staff to State Senator Heather Steans. She has also worked for the Environmental Law and Policy Center and SCARCE, an environmental education non-profit in Glen Ellyn, and interned for then Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn. Jen obtained her law degree and master’s degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Law School in 2006, after gaining her undergraduate degree in NRES at the University of Illinois.

Mary Pemberton | Finance Director

Mary coordinates all of IEC’s accounting and administrative functions. She has been with IEC since 2003. She originally joined IEC as office manager/bookkeeper before being promoted to her current role as administrative director. Prior to joining IECEF, Mary served as fiscal manager for Senior Services of Central Illinois. Mary lives in Springfield.

Matt Steffen | Communications Director

After running the Illinois Student Environmental Coalition for IEC, Matt became the Communications Director at IEC in May of 2014. Before running ISEC and moving to IEC, he worked as a political organizer for the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club. While earning his bachelor of science degree in Political Science and History at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Matt interned at Clean Wisconsin working on clean energy issues.

Lindsay Miller | Downstate Outreach Director

Lindsay Miller studied biology in undergrad at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL and in grad school at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Lindsay’s areas of interest include aquatic ecology, pollinators and invertebrate diversity, sustainable agriculture, and Illinois open space and water conservation. This diverse interest list was inspired by the various environmental positions she has held throughout her career including positions with; Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Jim Edgar State Fish and Wildlife Area, The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Natural History Survey’s Illinois River Biological Station and the Illinois Stewardship Alliance.

IEC Board

IEC/IECEF Officers:
Lenore Beyer-Clow, President
Nick Magrisso, Vice-President
Belinda Li, Treasurer
Anne McKibbin, Secretary

Elected Directors:
Chris Benda
Jessica Collingsworth
Delmar Gillus
Deanna Glosser
Dave Kolata
Belinda Li
Kelly Mazeski
Juliana Pino
Lauren Rosenthal
Joe Taylor

Appointed Directors/Lead Affiliates:
Anne McKibbin, Elevate Energy
Dick Munson, Environmental Defense Fund
Dave McEllis, Environmental Law and Policy Center
Rev. Booker Vance, Faith in Place
Steve Byers, Izaak Walton League, Illinois Division
Stacey Paradis, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Nick Magrisso, Natural Resources Defense Council
Lenore Beyer-Clow, Openlands
Carol Hays, Prairie Rivers Network
Brian Urbaszewski, Respiratory Health Association
Terri Treacy, Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club
Susan Donovan, The Nature Conservancy

Partners for Parks and Wildlife

Partners for Parks and Wildlife (PPW) is a grassroots coalition that is dedicated to secure and increase funding for open space and park acquisition, natural area preservation, wildlife habitat protection and recreational opportunities in Illinois.

Learn More About Climate Change

The U.S. EPA's website on climate change does a great job providing basic scientific information on the topic and good tips on what each of us can do to address the problem.


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