Staff

Karla Raettig, Executive Director, joined Maryland LCV in 2011. Karla has over 15 years of experience in the environmental community, most recently heading up the National Wildlife Federation's Louisiana Coastal Restoration program. Before joining NWF, Karla practiced environmental law at the Environmental Integrity Project, the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, and at the Seattle office of Earthjustice, Karla has an LL.M in environmental and natural resources law from Tulane University Law School and a J.D from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Karla lives in Cheverly, Maryland with her fiance and two dogs and spends her free time dancing. kraettig@mdlcv.org

 

Kristen Harbeson, Political Director, joined in 2015 after five years as senior staff for Chairman Maggie McIntosh. During her tenure with the legislature, she worked for the Environmental Matters Committee through the passage of landmark stormwater and septics legislation, as well as with issues including fracking, pesticides and other land-use concerns. After a BA from Hampshire College in 1996, Kristen graduated with a MA in history and museum studies from the University of Delaware in 2000, moving to Baltimore to work at the USS Constellation Museum. Her passion for policy, however, led her to shift to advocacy work, first at Preservation Maryland and then the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers. In these roles she built coalitions and advocated for sustainable building practices and conservation, as well as for full funding for the Historic Preservation Fund and the Land and Water Conservation Act. During her free time, Kristen dedicates her time to her other great passions: Baltimore, traveling, dancing, history and spreadsheets. kharbeson@mdlcv.org

Karen Polet Doory, Development Director, joined Maryland LCV 2012. Karen has nearly a decade of experience raising money for non-profit organizations and political campaigns at the local, state, and federal level. Karen received a degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina-Asheville then moved to Chicago to work on political campaigns. She first became involved with LCV as a Young Professional Board Member for Illinois LCV in 2008, while living in Chicago. She moved from Chicago to Washington, D.C. in early 2009 and lived in D.C.'s Capitol Hill neighborhood for 5 years before moving to Baltimore City recently with her husband, Brian, and their dog, Murphy. While living in D.C. she became involved in Maryland politics, serving as U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski's Deputy Campaign Manager and Finance Director in 2010. She has been interested in the role that Maryland politics plays in protecting our environment every since. Karen is a member of the Baltimore Junior League, enjoys reading and cooking, and spends her free time travelling, seeing live music, and volunteering on political campaigns. kdoory@mdlcv.org

Dannielle Lipinski, Communications and Outreach Manager, began in February of 2010. She manages our internship, volunteer programs, outreach activities, online fundraising and communications. She graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore County with a degree in Environmental Studies and minors in Legal Policy and Economics. She has lived in Maryland her whole life but managed to travel to Australia and cuddle koalas. She is a board member of local Baltimore County land conservancy, NeighboSpace and lives in Catonsville with her husband and their son. dlipinski@mdlcv.org

 

 

Ramon Palencia-Calvo, Latino Outreach Director, joined Maryland LCV in January 2014. A native of Spain, Ramon has worked conducting research, outreach, and materializing partnerships with Latino organizations on education and social issues. After years working in this field, and prompted by his travels in Latin America, where he discovered firsthand the nexus between environmental degradation and human development, he switched gears. He obtained an M.S. in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Johns Hopkins University, and has been working in sustainability and climate and energy ever since. Most recently, he worked on an international project identifying social, political and economic opportunities to promote renewable energy in Central America, as well as creating partnerships to advance low carbon development. Ramon lives in Takoma Park with his daughter and enjoys hiking and camping in his spare time. rpcalvo@mdlcv.org

Ben Alexandro, Water Policy Advocate, joined in 2015 and is acting as the Maryland lead for the Choose Clean Water Coalition. He is well versed in Chesapeake Bay, watershed, and conservation science and policy issues. Before joining Maryland LCV, Ben coordinated the Potomac Watershed Partnership with the Cacapon Institute and worked on stormwater and green infrastructure issues with the Environmental Finance Center. Ben has a M.S. in conservation biology and sustainable development and a M.P.P. in environmental public policy with a focus on nonprofit management and leadership from the University of Maryland as well as a B.S. in wildlife conservation from University of Delaware. Ben enjoys traveling, hiking, and working as a volunteer consult. Most recently he consulted the Wildlife Trust of India in New Delhi through Bankers without Borders. Ben lives in Hyattsville, MD with his wife, Kaidza. balexandro@mdlcv.org
 
 
Johana Vicente, Baltimore Latino Organizer, joined Chispa Maryland of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters in 2014 as a community organizer. She is currently working with Latinx communities in Prince George’s County and Baltimore to advocate for environmental justice at the local and state level. Johana Vicente is passionate advocate for justice. She making sure that her community has access to clean air and water. Johana graduated in Spring 2017 with a Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland. jvicente@mdlcv.org