February 18, 2018

Consulting Experience

Representative Clients (1991-present)

Consulting Experience
The Asia Foundation
San Francisco, California
  • International dispute resolution research regarding trade and environment issues.
Border Environment Cooperation Commission
Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Consultant for legal and policy advice to technical assistance grant recipients.
Environmental Defense
Oakland, California
  • Prepared briefing White Paper for Environmental Defense and SeaWeb on Conflict Resolution for Addressing Climate Change with Ocean Altering Projects.
  • Research and technical consultant for a project to test the use of vessel monitoring systems in the Sea of Cortez to enforce the boundaries of marine reserves.
Institute of the Americas
La Jolla, California
  • Consultant on Cuba transition and integration policies.
  • Assisted in preparations for the Second International Conference on Privatization in Latin America and for the Latin American Environmental and Hemispheric Technological Cooperation Conference.
  • Prepared official report on the privatization conference.
Inter-American Development Bank
Washington, D.C.
  • Prepared briefing paper/talking points for President of the Bank regarding US/Mexico Border Environmental Infrastructure issues for a border infrastructure conference sponsored by the US Department of Commerce and the Mexican Secretary of Commerce and Industrial Development.
  • Contracted to assist in research and writing of two reports evaluating the bank’s development projects for the board of directors. Statistical evaluation and policy analysis of the bank’s social sector loans regarding the affect of community participation and the alleviation of poverty.
  • Designed study, and researched and wrote report evaluating the bank’s procurement of consultant services.
International Fund for Animal Welfare
Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
  • Research and drafting of report on third-party laboratory certification of Chinese Traditional Medicine suppliers for compliance with CITES.
  • Strategy advice regarding anti-whaling campaign.
  • Strategy advice and research support for work to conserve gray whale habitat near Sakahlin Island, Russia.
  • Strategy advice regarding protection of Russian World Heritage site in Siberia.
  • Prepared strategy and initial business plan for IFAW entry in Latin America.
  • Researched and prepared report on whale watching laws in North America.
  • Represented IFAW and served as rapporteur at workshop entitled “Legal Aspects of Whale Watching” in Punta Arenas, Chile.
Campaign to Save Laguna San Ignacio
Laguna San Ignacio, Mexico

Advisor for the successful campaign to save Laguna San Ignacio

“The most significant [environmental] victory of our generation.”– Cox News

National Environmental Policy Institute
Washington, D.C.
  • Conference preparations consultant “NAFTA: Environmental Impacts Beyond the Borders.”
  • Editor for book on NAFTA and the Environment.
National Wildlife Federation
Washington, D.C.
  • Provided advice on location, formation and hiring for new California regional office. (1999)
  • Prepared report “NAFTA Plus 5, On the Right Track? An Assessment of the BECC/NADBank Institutions, 2nd Edition.” (1999)
  • Prepared report “Promising Potential for the U.S.-Mexico Border and for the Future: An Assessment of the BECC/NADBank Institutions.” (1997)
  • Briefing on NAFTA and the environment for NWF annual meeting.
  • Assisted in preparation of NWF’s participation in the independent review of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation.
Natural Resources Defense Council, International Program
Washington, D.C.
  • Consultant regarding Mexican environmental issues.
  • Participating in campaign to limit noise pollution in the oceans
    • Lead strategy advisor and research support for the international aspects for campaign to reduce noise/acoustic pollution in the ocean.
  • Participation in campaign to protect Okinawan dugong habitat
    • Lead strategy advisor on campaign to prevent construction of floating heliport in sensitive habitat.
  • Participated in the campaign to save Clayoquot Sound
    • Prepared briefing materials on the US-Canada softwood lumber trade dispute for the Clinton Administration’s Pacific Northwest Conference (the Forest Summit) and for the Vice President’s meetings with the Prime Minister of British Columbia. Briefed members of Congress regarding policy produced by the Forest Summit.
    • Researched and authored “Trade and the Environment: The British Columbian Timber Trade Example.”
    • Served as escort for six Native American chiefs of the First Nations of Canada in briefing visits to US Senators regarding trade in natural resources.
  • General legal/policy research and analysis on international trade and environment issues. Draft reports, position papers, and Congressional testimony for presentations to the executive and legislative branches, as well as the media. Brief senior attorneys and policy analysts on international trade issues. Respond to media inquiries on trade and environment issues.
    • Assisted in coordinating environmental NGO input for Vice President Gore’s National Performance Review (Reinventing Government Task Force) on Environmental Protection Agency issues. Provided advice to the task force on alternative financing mechanisms, pollution prevention, and international environmental issues.
    • Assisted in research and drafting of NRDC’s proposals for a North American Commission on the Environment presented to the US Trade Representative. Acted as spokesperson for NRDC at high-level meetings with the USTR, the EPA, and the Department of Justice regarding the NAFTA environmental side agreement. Drafted proposed language for the side agreement on citizens’ rights-to-know and citizen enforcement of environmental laws and regulations.
    • Assisted in research and drafting of NRDC’s proposals related to the Border Environment Cooperation Commission and North American Development Bank.
    • Assisted in research and drafting of NRDC’s follow-up on the environmental aspects of the Summit of the Americas process.
    • Assisted in research and drafting of “Biodiversity Flashpoints in the Americas.”
    • Assisted in research and drafting of “The Greening of North American Trade – Four Years Later: A Report Card on Implementation of the NAFTA Environmental Package.”
    • Co-chaired a roundtable discussion on financing Agenda 21 at the first meeting of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development.
    • Work closely with the Consortium for Action to Protect the Earth (CAPE 2000), a coalition of six major US environmental organizations to follow up on the UN Conference on Environment and Development.
    • Prepared detailed listing of threats to natural protected areas in Mexico.
    • Contracted to develop project related to energy and the environment in Mexico.
Nolte Associates, Inc.
San Diego, California
  • Research support and advice for project to define minimum requirements for project compliance with Border Environment Cooperation Commission sustainable development criteria.
  • Advice on US and Mexican and transboundary environmental law and policy regarding technical assistance to communities developing environmental infrastructure for Border Environment Cooperation Commission certification.
North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Advice and bilingual facilitation for Biodiversity Conservation tri-national workshop: “Towards the Conservation of Marine Species & Spaces of Common Concern in North America” for the development of the North American Marine Protected Areas Network (NAMPAN).
  • Facilitated one-day, tri-national Roundtable on Alien Invasive Species for the Joint Public Advisory Committee.
  • Facilitated a two-day tri-national workshop on invasive aquatic species.
  • Co-authored report on “North American Boundary and Transboundary Inland Water Management Report.”
  • Prepared report on “Standards and Guidelines: Land Use Planning and Zoning” for an Ecotourism Workshop.
  • Co-authored study “A Dialogue on Sustainable Tourism in Natural Areas in North America” for the NAFTA/Environment Program.
  • Liaison for the Conservation Program on the bi-national pilot implementation of the UNEP’s Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities.
  • Prepared report on the “Creation of Environmental Networks” for the Joint Public Advisory Committee.
  • Prepared report “Potential NAFTA Effects: Claims and Arguments 1991—1994” for the NAFTA/Environment Program.
  • Prepared comments on guidelines for factual submission management and access to information pursuant to Articles 14 and 15 of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation.
Ocean Wilderness Network
Santa Cruz, California
  • Contracted to develop a strategic plan for a campaign to foster the creation of a network of marine reserves along the Oregon State coastal area.
Practical Environmental Risk Management
La Jolla, California
  • General policy research and analysis regarding recommendations to the North American Development Bank on the use of alternative technologies in NADBank financed border environmental infrastructure projects
Pro Esteros
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
  • Assisted in research and preparation of comments on successful challenge to an environmental impact assessment regarding a tourism resort complex at San Quintķn, Baja California.
  • Advisor on legal issues and fundraising.
Project Concern International
San Diego, California
  • Assisted international health care and development non-profit register and learn to bid for projects financed by the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
  • Advisor on US/Mexico border environmental health issues.
La Ruta de Sonora
Tucson, Arizona
  • Legal advisor for non-profit ecotourism provider.
Washington, D.C.
  • Evaluated the viability of a large scale corporate and markets campaign regarding four major seafood species for SeaWeb and the National Environmental Trust; co-author of campaign plan and related successful grant requests.
South North Development Initiatives (Synergos Institute)
New York, New York
  • Consultant on expansion of programs to strengthen the financial base of non-governmental organizations and community based organizations.
Southwest Research and Information Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Independent Actions
  • Comment Letter dated April 17, 2002 regarding “Application by Certain Mexico-Domiciled Motor Carriers To Operate Beyond United States Municipalities and Commercial Zones on the United States-Mexico Border” cited by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the California Federation of Labor, Public Citizen and Natural Resources Defense Council in the U.S. Supreme Court case United States Department Of Transportation, et al., Petitioners V Public Citizen, et al. (Certiorari Granted: Dec. 15, 2003)
  • Sponsor of “Not In Our Names” statement of conscience published in the New York Times (September 2002)
  • Exemplar member of plaintiff Cetacean Society International for NRDC et. al. v. Evans (United States District Court, Northern District Of California Civil Action No. C 02-3805 EDL), a lawsuit to halt the deployment of the US Navy’s Low Frequency Active Sonar system. (2002)
  • Advisor to Mexican Chamber of Deputies on drafting of federal regulation for licensing of Liquefied Natural Gas receiving facilities. (2002)
  • Advisor to Mexican Chamber of Deputies on federal whale watch regulation revisions. (1999)
  • Advisor to Senator Barbara Boxer’s staff on trade and the environment issues. (1999)
  • Advisor to Governor Gray Davis’ staff regarding California-Mexico relations on environmental issues. (1999)
  • Advisor regarding the legal challenge to Border Patrol construction of additional fences and roads through protected areas of the US-Mexico border region.      (1998 – present)
  • Solicited grassroots support for North American Development Bank funding. Initiated successful telephone, e-mail and letter writing campaign, and personally solicited Senate and House support for replacement of the 1996 NADBank appropriation of $56.25 million deleted from HR 1868. Searched Congressional Record on a daily basis for developments and reported same to subscribers to Beccnet listserver. (1995)