Founded by a small group of dedicated volunteers in 1979, we have since grown to a fully staffed nonprofit organization in Annapolis, Maryland.
Kim Coble, Executive Director, joined Maryland LCV in 2019 after two years as the Chief Operating Officer at US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment. Prior to her role at US SIF, Kim worked at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, including eight years as the Maryland Executive Director and then six years as Vice President of Environmental Protection and Restoration, where she oversaw CBF’s policy, outreach and restoration work throughout the watershed. Kim was selected as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2015, appointed as an Admiral of the Chesapeake Bay, served as the Valedictorian of her Leadership Maryland class and was a member of the State Ethics Commission from 2015 to 2019. Kim lives in Annapolis with her husband. kcoble (at) mdlcv.org
Deputy Executive Director
Ramon Palencia-Calvo, Deputy Executive Director, joined Maryland LCV in 2014 and soon launched Chispa Maryland, a Latinx outreach and organizing program created to ensure that Maryland Latinx families and community leaders are a powerful voice in protecting our air, land, water, public health, and future. A native of Spain, Ramon has worked with Latinx organizations on education and social issues, and most recently has been working in sustainability and climate and energy. Ramon was a fellow at the Worldwatch Institute, where 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 (at) mdlcv.org
Laura Wood, Development Director, joined Maryland LCV in April 2020 to develop and lead a comprehensive fundraising strategy. She brings 15 years of fundraising experience from her career at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, including an expertise in major grants and gifts, as well as experience securing event sponsorships and managing fundraising campaigns. She holds a master’s degree in environmental policy from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Laura lives on the Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis with her husband, daughter, and dog and together, they enjoy exploring all of Maryland’s unique natural resources. lwood (at) mdlcv.org
Kristen Harbeson, Political Director, joined in 2015 after five years as senior staff to Chairman Maggie McIntosh. During her tenure with the legislature, she worked for the Environmental Matters Committee. After a BA from Hampshire College in 1996, Kristen graduated with an 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. During her free time, Kristen dedicates her time to her other great passions: Baltimore, traveling, dancing, history and spreadsheets. kharbeson (at) mdlcv.org
Membership and Digital Engagement Director
Dannielle Lipinski, Membership and Digital Engagement Director, began as an intern and volunteer with Maryland LCV. In February of 2010, she was hired to be the Baltimore County Community Organizer. Dannielle currently manages our communications, media relations, membership, digital engagement, internship and volunteer programs, and outreach activities. She graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a degree in environmental studies and minors in legal policy and economics. A native of Maryland, Dannielle enjoys hiking throughout the many parks in our state, gardening, and trying different canning recipes. She lives in Catonsville with her husband, their two young sons, tortoise, and dog. dlipinski (at) mdlcv.org
Water Program Director
Ben Alexandro, Water Program Director, joined in 2015 and is the Maryland lead for the Choose Clean Water Coalition. He is well versed in Chesapeake Bay, water, and land conservation science and policy issues. Before joining Maryland LCV, Ben coordinated the Potomac Watershed Partnership with the Cacapon Institute and worked on urban polluted runoff 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. Ben also earned a B.S. in wildlife conservation from the University of Delaware. Ben enjoys traveling, hiking, teaching, and working as a volunteer consult. Ben lives in Crofton, Maryland, with his wife, Kaidza, and their son Orion. balexandro (at) mdlcv.org
KRISTYN KUHN ECKEL
Kristyn Kuhn Eckel, Development Associate, joined the group in February 2019 with more than 30 years of communications and development experience. Prior to coming to Maryland LCV, Kristyn was the communications director at an independent college preparatory school for more than two decades, where she acted as the faculty adviser to the student-led Eco Club. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston College in communications and English. A dedicated and life-long environmentalist, Kristyn and her husband, Jeff, reside in Annapolis, where they enjoy biking, paddle boarding, kayaking, and gardening. Kristyn is thrilled to be able to ride her bike or electric scooter to work. keckel (at) mdlcv.org
Billy McCarthy joined the Maryland League of Conservation Voters in early 2021 after 5 years of leading operations at the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation in Baltimore, MD. There he focused on equitable, efficient, and impactful organizational management in the areas of arts & culture, community organizing, and digital equity. He has previously worked on climate change and conservation projects with the blue moon fund of Charlottesville, VA. Billy and his wife Sarah put conservation and sustainability into practice at Crooked Fence Farm, which has been growing vegetable, herbs, flowers since 2016. Billy lives with his family, dogs, cats, flock of sheep, and herd of pigs in Baltimore County. bmccarthy (at) mdlcv.org
Federal Climate Campaign Manager
Kai Mateo is the Federal Climate Campaign Manager for New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, New York LCV, and Maryland LCV. He crafts strategy, liaises with the National League of Conservation Voters, and coordinates the state teams as they fight for strong federal climate legislation in Congress. Before joining LCV, Kai worked a Regional Relational Organizing Manager for the Democratic National Committee, where he was part of a team that built a groundbreaking, nationwide relational organizing program. Kai has extensive experience in political campaigns, community organizing, and grassroots capacity-building with a variety of organizations, including the Recovery Advocacy Project, the Formerly Incarcerated Convicted People and Families Movement, the City of South Bend, the Leading Change Network, the Bloomberg City Leadership Initiative, and the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a Teaching Fellow for Professor Marshall Ganz. He is a graduate of Deep Springs College and Harvard College, where he was a Gardner Fellow and a Mellon Mays Fellow. Raised in San Diego, Kai now lives in Philadelphia.
Water Program Intern
Elizabeth is the 2021 Summer Water Program Intern. A PhD candidate at the University of Maryland, she studies the intersection of health policy, public health communication, and Black American justice movements. An experienced researcher, educator, and program manager, Elizabeth is excited to take her passion for transformative, equitable public policy into her work at Maryland LCV, while expanding and enhancing her knowledge of environmental justice. She received her bachelor’s degrees from Penn State.