Board

Frank Buono is chair of PEER's board. Frank retired following a more than 33 year career with the National Park Service, culminating in service as Assistant Superintendent at Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park. In 1994 the National Parks and Conservation Association conferred upon him the prestigious Mather Award for public service. Joined Board May 2000. 

Louis Clark is the founder and Executive Director, since 1978, of the Government Accountability Project. G.A.P. is a public interest law firm that specializes in whistleblower protection and environmental advocacy. A lawyer and Methodist minister,  Mr. Clark was active in the civil rights movement and worked for prison reform before founding G.A.P. Founding Board member December 1993.

 

 

Richard G. Steiner advises NGOs, governments, and industry as an international conservation and sustainability consultant in Anchorage, Alaska. For 15 years Rick worked as a professor and statewide conservation specialist at the University of Alaska and had primary responsibility for the university's Environmental Conservation Extension Mission. Previously, Rick was an Associate Professor and Marine Advisory Program Agent for Prince William Sound in Cordova, Alaska. Rick fulfilled leadership roles in coordinating the response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill by helping organize and direct the emergency response on behalf of the local fishing industry; initiating the effort to settle natural resource damage claims among the State, the U.S., and Exxon resulting in landmark $1 billion settlement and environmental restoration program; co-founding the Prince William Sound Science Center in Cordova; and helping initiate the PWS Oil Spill Recovery Institute. Rick's outspoken and effective criticism of the oil industry caused him to lose his federal grant funding at the University of Alaska, after which he joined the PEER board. Rick has brought his expertise in coordinating oil spill response efforts to the recent BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Joined Board May 2010. 

Zoe Kelman is a chemical engineer who had worked at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for 18 years following extensive experience in the private sector. While at DEP, Zoe exposed that state assessments of the public health danger of hexavalent chromium in sites deemed to be clean was far greater than admitted. Joined Board September 2009.

 

Jack Gregory retired from the U.S. Forest Service after a 36-year career in both forestry and law enforcement positions on national forests across the country. For in his last decade in service, Jack was Special Agent in Charge for the Southern Region overseeing some 200 employees and a $20 million annual budget. Jack helped PEER form Rangers for Responsible Recreation, a network of former federal, state and local rangers underlining the growing threat of off-road vehicle abuse of public lands. He is also active in the National Association for Cave Diving and is Lead SCUBA Repair Technician at a local Dive Shop in Marietta, GA. Joined Board July 2014.

Jeff Ruch has been the Executive Director of PEER since 1997. With Jeff DeBonis, he helped to start PEER and for its first four years served as General Counsel & Program Director. Prior to that Jeff was the Policy Director and a staff attorney at the Government Accountability Project representing whistleblowers from both the public and private sector. Before coming to DC, Jeff worked in California state government for 17 years, mostly in the State Legislature as counsel to various committees where he drafted literally hundreds of laws on topics ranging from energy conservation to the rights of employed inventors. Jeff served stints as a deputy district attorney, an appellate court clerk and is a graduate of the California Correctional Officers Academy. Joined Baord May 1997. 

All board members are voting members and all, save Executive Director Jeff Ruch, are independent and have no financial connection with PEER.