Who We Are

Staff and board

John Talberth

President and Senior Economist

John is the founder of Center for Sustainable Economy and currently serves as both President and Senior Economist. John coordinates consulting work with non-profits, businesses, universities, and government agencies seeking environmental economics expertise and analysis to support their sustainability initiatives and programs. He also leads work on CSE’s Wild and Working Forests, Genuine Progress, and Green Infrastructure Programs.
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Daphne Wysham

Daphne Wysham

Climate Justice Program Fellow

Daphne Wysham is a Climate Justice fellow with the Center for Sustainable Economy. A former Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., where she worked for 20 years, Daphne has worked since the mid-1990s on research and advocacy at the intersection of climate justice and sustainable economies.
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Dr. Nejem Raheem

Economics Fellow

Dr. Nejem Raheem serves as an environmental economics fellow at CSE in the Green Infrastructure Program and the New Measures of Progress programs. Most recently, he has worked on CSE projects analyzing the economic impacts of infrastructure development in arctic Alaska. Nejem is an assistant professor of economics at Emerson College in Boston with over 10 years of experience as an environmental economist.
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Evan Branosky

Environmental Policy Fellow

Evan Branosky is an environmental policy fellow at the Center for Sustainable Economy. With CSE, Evan has coauthored reports on the net public benefits of the proposed U.S. Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012 to 2017 and the Chuitna Coal Project of Beluga Coal Fields, Alaska.
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Susan Leopold

Board Treasurer

Susan Leopold, PhD, is an ethnobotanist and passionate defender of biodiversity. Over the past 20 years, Susan has worked extensively with indigenous peoples in Peru and Costa Rica. She is the Executive Director of United Plant Savers and Director of the Sacred Seeds Project. Prior to working at United Plant Savers, she worked as a librarian at the Oak Spring Garden Library, specializing in digitizing rare herbals and botanical travel manuscripts. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Botanical Dimensions and the Center for Sustainable Economy. She is an advisory board member of American Botanical Council. She is a proud member of the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia and the author of the children's book Isabella's Peppermint Flower, teaching about Virginia's botanical history. She lives on and manages a productive farm, the Indian Pipe Botanical Sanctuary with her three children in Virginia, where she raises goats, peacocks, and herbs. She is an avid recreational tree climber, in love with the canopy just as much as the herbs of the forest floor.
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Dr. Kelly O’Hanley

Board Secretary

Dr. Kelly O’Hanley is a board member of the Center for Sustainable Economy. An obstetrician gynecologist with a degree in public health, she has worked in almost 40 countries to foster the health of mothers and babies. She has taught the next generation of physicians at Stanford and Harvard Universities.

Anthony Rogers-Wright

Board Member

Selected as one of the "Grist.org 50 People You’ll Be Talking About" in 2016, Anthony K. Rogers-Wright has over ten years of policy analysis, community organizing and outreach/advocacy experience, and works as a Policy Fellow with the Climate Justice Alliance. While serving as a policy analyst for various environmental consulting firms in California and Colorado, he specialized in land use, Clean Air Act and environmental justice compliance. He has used his organizing and outreach experience to advocate for a variety of social justice campaigns including affordable health care access, decreasing the income inequality divide, and civil rights for LGBT citizens.
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Richard Mietz

Vice President

Richard has been involved with various environmental and public interest groups as an activist, attorney, and CSE board member since 1985. As a public interest attorney, he has been active in representing various public interest "watchdog" organizations in New Mexico in numerous Freedom of Information Act lawsuits over the past 11 years since he moved to Santa Fe in 1995.
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Ella Carlson

Ella is a research intern at the Center for Sustainable Economy. She is a 2021 graduate of Smith College with a B.A. in Environmental Science & Policy. Her studies focused on political ecologies of the Americas, and outside of class, she organized with Divest Smith College. She grew up in Western Massachusetts on the ancestral homeland of the Mohican people, and she is currently based there. Ella is currently working on research on oil refinery decommissioning with CSE.
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Jessica Randall

State Forests Advisor

Jessica Randall has lived in the Pacific Northwest for over 30 years, and now lives on 17 acres of forestland. She is both a sculptor and has studied Western and Eastern Medicine, holding a Master's Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. When she moved out to rural Jefferson County, she became aware of the Forest Practices that were happening all around her, such as clearcutting and the massive use of chemical herbicides. These practices were not only unhealthy for her patients, but also for the ecosystem. Feeling the responsibility of having herself contributed to Climate Change, she felt she should do something to mitigate some of this damage. Thus began her work as a conservationist. She applies her skills in diagnosis to understand the problems our forests now face, and where treatment may be most effective. She works with various groups, such as the Pacific Northwest Forest Climate Alliance and the Center for Economic Sustainability, and she chairs a local task force group called the Emergency Conservation Committee – Pacific Northwest (ecc-pnw.org).