As the legal intern, JM works on how to implement the Inflation Reduction Act in Wisconsin, with a focus on wind and solar energy at the residential and commercial levels.
Growing up, I spent most of my time inside ice rinks as a competitive figure skater, but my family made sure I was aware of the state of the planet. I grew up in a home with a focus on individual decisions to protect the environment; we reused, recycled, and repurposed items from the kitchen to the closet. As a young child, I always had a fascination and passion for the planet and people. As a kid I would quickly get upset if trees were being cut down for road construction or if someone was being excluded from a game. I would enthusiastically spend hours at the aquarium, playing outside, or watching nature documentaries.
In high school and college, I quickly learned that people my age, coming from very privileged backgrounds, were not as fixated on the issues facing our planet. I did my best to educate myself and friends about the state of the climate crisis and what we could do about it–I would share all that I could with anyone who would listen.
Over the past years, I've been able to see the effects of and listen closely to stories about the climate crisis. Most recently, driving through Canada to Alaska during wildfire season, I saw fire, thick smoke, burnt earth, boil water advisories, firefighters working roadside, all while dirty fossil fuel pipelines and extraction operated all around. Then experiencing the air quality impact of the same fires back in Wisconsin. From hearing stories and seeing these changes for myself, I’ve been left with a constant mixture of emotions: disbelief, anger, hollowness, and a desire for justice.
My mix of emotions and passion for people and the planet led me to law school. During my time in law school I have focused my energy on the intersections of the climate crisis, environmental justice, and human rights.
At Wisconsin Conservation Voters I look forward to learning from and working with the WCV staff with focuses on researching how to implement the Inflation Reduction Act in Wisconsin; building and developing lobbying skills; and understanding how the public can influence policy decisions.
- University of Wisconsin Law School, in their final semester of their J.D.
- Carroll University, M.Ed. in Adult, Community, and Professional Education and B.A. in Global Studies
I enjoy fiber arts, running, reading biographies, time with friends, being by the water, a good cup of coffee, learning about the ocean, traveling, and exploring Madison.
I’m a conservation voter because I know a clean and livable planet is a human right and I have hope that the climate crisis is not a lost cause.
Favorite place in Wisconsin: Peninsula State Park and Whitefish Dunes State Park, Door County