Maryland LCV Announces Hiring of Five Key New Staff

Environmental Watchdog has doubled in size over past year

(Annapolis) – The Maryland League of Conservation Voters recently announced the hiring of five key new staff members, including: Director of Climate Policy and Justice Rebecca Rehr; Environmental Policy Manager Marisa Olszewski; Election Campaign Manager Neka Duckett-Randolph; Community Organizer Elíseo Magos González; and Operations Manager Shivaugn Ahern. The Annapolis-based environmental watchdog has now effectively doubled in size from six to 12 staff since the hiring of Executive Director Kim Coble in 2019.

“In 2020, Maryland LCV completed a strategic planning process focused on using our unique political force to meet the challenges of climate change and environmental injustice,” said Coble. “We immediately began hiring to achieve that vision and are committed to making Maryland a national leader in addressing these issues.”

Director of Climate Policy and Justice Rebecca Rehr joined Maryland LCV in February 2022 to shape the organization’s climate policy efforts, with a focus on communities that are overburdened by a history of environmental injustice. Rehr was previously director of ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health Program, where she worked to build the health voice on climate action and before that served as the public policy and advocacy manager at the Maryland Environmental Health Network.

Environmental Policy Manager Marisa Olszewski also joined Maryland LCV in February 2022. She will serve as the organization’s resource for the scientific and technical implications of relevant policies, regulations, proposed legislation as well as community education and outreach programs. Olszewski’s experience in Maryland environmental science and public education and outreach spans 15 years, including positions at the Maryland Environmental Service, the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation, and the Robinson Nature Center in Howard County.

Election Campaign Manager Neka Duckett-Randolph joined Maryland LCV in January 2022 to mobilize voters and legislators around climate priorities in the upcoming election. Duckett-Randolph, a Chicago native, served as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Revolution Workshop, a workforce development non-profit on the city’s west side.

Community Organizer Elíseo Magos González joined Maryland  LCV and its Chispa Maryland program in November 2021. A native of Mexico, González has worked with Latinx Organizations on immigration, education, and social issues, including more than four years as a community organizer at CASA.

Operations Manager Shivaugn Ahern joined Maryland LCV in January 2022 to organize and direct the growing operations of Maryland LCV, Maryland LCV Education Fund, and Maryland LCV’s associated political action committees. Ahern, who has a law degree from Michigan State University College of Law, has more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit management and operations.

Maryland LCV is known for educating lawmakers and holding them accountable for their leadership and votes on key environmental issues. Their annual scorecard, along with other reports, help inform voters about their legislators’ records.