DC Staff

Washington, D.C. Staff

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. jruch[at]peer.org

Carol Goldberg is PEER’s Associate Director. She has served as Assistant Director and Executive Director for a variety of other non-profits, focusing on mental health and mind/body medicine. Her varied career has also included 2 years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines and several years as a neurofeedback practitioner.  Carol received an A.B. from Brown University, and completed all of the coursework for a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She also has a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland.  cgoldberg1[at]peer.org

Paula Dinerstein is PEER’s General Counsel and an attorney with 18 years of experience. She received her law degree from the George Washington University National Law Center. Prior to joining PEER, she clerked for a federal district court judge in Washington DC and then practiced with small public-interest oriented law firms. Her work included representation of States and advocacy groups in energy and environmental matters, including recovery for overcharges by oil companies for use in state energy conservation programs, challenges to EPA pesticide registrations, challenges to hydroelectric licenses, and litigation concerning regulations that weakened the federal organic food standards. pdinerstein[at]peer.org

Adam Carlesco is PEER's Staff Counsel. Prior to joining PEER, he worked with a small legal and
Adam Carlescoengineering firm representing municipal wastewater treatment facility operators in Clean   Water Act permitting and litigation before administrative and federal appellate courts. Adam has also worked in the field of energy regulation, which has included litigation and enforcement with the U.S. DOE and FERC, as well as legal fellow positions with renewable energy trade groups.  He studied Psychology at Virginia Tech and graduated from George Washington University Law School where he was a member of the GW Journal of Energy and Environmental Law. In his free time, Adam enjoys riding his bike around the DC area, gardening, playing guitar, and bird-watching. acarlesco[at]peer.org

Kirsten Stade is PEER's Advocacy Director. Prior to coming to PEER, Kirsten worked on scientific integrity issues with a DC nonprofit and on campaigns targeting Kirsten Stadeextractive industries on public lands with nonprofits in New Mexico and Oregon. Kirsten has published research with WildEarth Guardians on the impacts of livestock grazing on fire ecology and ecosystem health in the American west, and has a Master's degree in Conservation Biology from Columbia University and a Bachelor's in Earth Systems from Stanford University. She is also a dog groomer, rescuer, and trainer, and enjoys studying and performing African music and dance. kstade[at]peer.org

Stephen Duke is PEER’s Membership & Outreach Coordinator. Stephen studied Sociology & English at the University of Sunderland in his native UK. He has been an organizer for various anti-racist organizations and a music journalist, and spent much of his career in public service at the Department of Work & Pensions. Since moving to the US he has worked in marketing & communications and also as an Events Coordinator for Politics & Prose, where he first became familiar with the world of non-profits and environmental advocacy through organizing author events at many organizations across the DC area. A die-hard fan of Sunderland AFC, Stephen has also developed a passion for baseball and the Washington Nationals. sduke[at]peer.org