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.  cgoldberg[at]peer.org

Peter T. Jenkins  is PEER’s Senior Counsel. He has been an environmental, land use and consumer Peter Jenkinsattorney and advocate since 1983. Peter received his law degree from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) School of Law and also has a Masters in Environmental Studies from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, with a focus on conservation biology. His career has centered on bringing the best science to bear in environmental protection efforts; he has specialized at working with scientists so their findings can inform good policy, as well as in federal litigation. Most of his work has been in aid of wildlife conservation, but also in the fields of pesticides, GMOs, invasive species, wildlife disease prevention, international trade, land use conflicts and other areas. Peter’s prior positions in Washington, DC since 2000 have been: Of Counsel, Center for Food Safety; Vice President for U.S. Government Policy, Conservation International; Director of International Conservation, Defenders of Wildlife; and Staff Attorney, Center for Science in the Public Interest. From 1993 to 2000, he was in New Mexico working primarily as a contracted consultant on endangered species recovery efforts with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Turner Endangered Species Fund. Prior to then he served as an Attorney and Policy Analyst for the U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, and also was in private law practice. pjenkins[at]peer.org

Paula Dinerstein is PEER’s General Counsel and an attorney with 18 years of experience. Paula DinersteinShe 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 to promote scientific integrity with the Center for Science in the Public Interest and on campaigns targeting Kirsten Stadeextractive industries on public lands with WildEarth Guardians in New Mexico and the Gifford Pinchot Task Force in Oregon. Kirsten has published research 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

Susan Sargent is PEER’s Outreach Director. Prior to joining PEER she ran a national Susan Sargentphysics teacher education program and has worked on several environmental campaigns. She has extensive experience in outreach, communications and project management through her work with local and national organizations such as AARP, the National Ocean Service, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the International Foundation for Election Systems. She is active on her community HOA board, planning local events, and managing neighborhood life. Susan enjoys spending time with her family biking, hiking, and exploring national and state parks.