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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Bryan Bird

Environmental Policy Fellow

Bryan Bird received his masters in conservation biology from New Mexico State University in 1995 and undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1990.
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Erin Gray

Economics Fellow

Erin holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and a B.A. in both Economics and Environmental Analysis and Policy from Boston University. Her areas of expertise include environmental economics, ecosystem service markets, green infrastructure, environmental impact metrics, and climate change adaptation.
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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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Steven Sugarman

Environmental Law Fellow

Steve is an environmental attorney who earned his J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley in 1986. Steve also holds a B.A. from Princeton. Steve's practice has been devoted exclusively to public resource and water issues since 1990. In 2000, he formed Belin & Sugarman with his current law partner Letty Belin.

Simone Crowe

Organizing Fellow

Simone has joined CSE in a collaborative fellowship with OPAL Environmental Justice, as the Oregon Green New Deal Listening Tour Fellow.
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Susan Leopold

Board Treasurer

Susan, is a regular board member of the Center for Sustainable Economy.
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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.