The EPIC Team

Tom Wheeler, Executive Director

Tom graduated from the University of Washington School of Law with a concentration in Environmental Law. Tom was President of the Environmental Law Society, served as Articles Editor of the WA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, and defended old-growth and endangered species at the WA Forest Law Center.

 

Tom began working for EPIC in 2014, as the program and legal coordinator and over time has moved up the ranks to Executive Director. When he’s not nerding out over the Endangered Species Act (his all-time favorite law), Tom is probably plunking the banjo, playing ping-pong with his wife, Jenna, or petting his cats, Fatty and Trim. Tom can be reached at tom@wildcalifornia.org.

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Kimberly Baker, Public Lands Advocate

Kimberly has worked to defend Northern California’s national forests for over a decade, starting as Forest and Wildlife Protection Coordinator for the Klamath Forest Alliance. Kimberly has advocated protection of public lands for EPIC since 2007.

 

Her efforts include tracking, commenting, ground-truthing and litigating projects in the remote and rugged watersheds of the Klamath-Siskiyous. She has also organized multiple events, trainings and conferences, engages with regional conservation organizations and works with USFS employees to ensure safeguards for the wildlife, waters and wild lands in our forests.

She is also passionate about riding and caring for her equine mustangs. Contact Kimberly at  kimberly@wildcalifornia.org

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Amber Jamieson, Communications & Development Director

Amber attended Humboldt State University where she earned a degree in Natural Resource Policy Economics.  Through previous work with public agencies and private planning firms, she has worked on and applied many of the environmental, economic and community planning policies throughout the region. Her love for the environment has evolved into a lifelong commitment to defend wild places facing the threats of modern development.

 

In addition to monitoring public lands and developing comments on projects, Amber also manages donor relations, fundraising events, grant writing, communications, graphic design, newsletter production and community organizing to further the organization’s causes.

When Amber is not working at EPIC, she is gardening, rafting, hiking and exploring the beauty of the North Coast with her family. Contact Amber at amber@wildcalifornia.org

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Rhiannon Lewis-Stephenson,
Communications & Development Coordinator

Rhiannon is responsible for energizing and engaging with the EPIC community. She works collaboratively with members and volunteers to organize events and provide resources and materials for membership development. She oversees communications and outreach and coordinates fundraising.

 

Rhiannon has a B.A. in International Relations with an emphasis in Global Environment from UC Davis. During her time at Davis, she worked in Guatemala on Lake Atitlan with regional non-profits and ecologists to address the lake’s cyanobacteria blooms. After graduating, she traveled around the globe and the country promoting environmental conservation and activism with the Center for Biological Diversity.

 

A local of Humboldt County, she has now made it her focus to protect the incredibly diverse creatures and habitats in the mountains and forests that she grew up in.  Contact Rhiannon at rhiannon@wildcalifornia.org

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Matthew Simmons, University of California President’s Public Service Law Fellow & Emmett Family Fellow in Environmental Law

Matt graduated from UCLA School of Law in May 2020 with specializations in Environmental Law and Public Interest Law.  While there, Matt served as President of the Environmental Law Society, participated in the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic, and completed a summer internship at the Natural Resources Defense Council.  Matt feels incredibly grateful that he gets to spend his days working to defend Northern California's magnificent forests.  Ever since he first visited Humboldt county several years ago, Matt has hoped he would be able to return and now he gets to call this unique place his home.

 

At EPIC, Matt is focused on using his law degree to make life as difficult as possible for people who want to harm the environment.  Whether it's private companies, misguided state agencies, or the federal government (no matter who is in charge), Matt is ready to use every legal tool at his disposal to defend this corner of the planet.  When he's not working, Matt can be found enjoying the places he protects, usually on a hike or at the beach.  If you'd like to reach Matt, you can email him at matt@wildcalifornia.org.

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