Staff Directory

We have a great staff of smart, dedicated and engaged professionals who are ready to help. 

Administration

Kate Kurera

Kate Kurera

Deputy Director

[email protected]
(518) 462-5526

Kate is the Deputy Director of Environmental Advocates NY. Kate is an attorney admitted to practice in New York and Victoria, Australia and is an expert in environmental policy and law. Kate has vast experience working with international, federal, and state governmental bodies.

Kate is the Deputy Director of Environmental Advocates NY. Kate is an attorney admitted to practice in New York and Victoria, Australia and is an expert in environmental policy and law. Kate has vast experience working with international, federal, and state governmental bodies.

Kate joins EANY after spending close to 8 years living in Melbourne, Australia, where she worked as a solicitor and legislation officer for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). During her time at DELWP she played an instrumental role in the development of several major legislative reforms, including re-writes to the State’s environment protection and water legislation and first of its kind climate change legislation.

Before moving abroad, Kate was an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington DC, where she served as an environmental consultant to federal agencies and departments. During her tenure at Booz Allen, she was a subject matter expert in the National Environmental Policy Act; worked extensively with government contaminated land portfolios; and worked on initiatives to site renewable energy projects on federal lands.

Kate has also served as a law clerk at the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3 in Philadelphia; a legal intern at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic in partnership with Riverkeeper; and a law clerk at the United Nations where she worked on the impact of climate change on small island states.

Kate received her JD with a certificate in environmental law from Pace University, School of Law. She also has a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Skidmore College.

She lives in Albany with her family.

Pat Sterling

Pat Sterling

Finance Director

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(518) 462-5526

Pat has been with Environmental Advocates NY since 1994 and is our most senior staff member. While her title is Finance Director, she also manages the office and our computer network.

Pat has been with Environmental Advocates NY since 1994 and is our most senior staff member. While her title is Finance Director, she also manages the office and our computer network.

Prior to joining EANY, Pat worked with National Development and Research Institutes Inc., a nonprofit organization focused on AIDS research, as well as drug and alcohol abuse.

Pat grew up in Queens, NY, and in her teens moved to Greene County where she currently resides. She enjoys spending her free time gardening, camping and hiking.

Kristina Green

Kristina Green

Administrative Assistant

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(518) 462-5526

Kristina joined Environmental Advocates NY in early October of 2016 in the role of Administrative Assistant. Prior to joining EANY, Kristina worked in the medical field for a few years. In Kristina’s spare time she enjoys traveling and being outdoors.

Policy & Government Affairs

Conor Bambrick

Conor Bambrick

Director of Climate Policy

[email protected]
(518) 703-7553

Conor joined Environmental Advocates NY in 2013. As our Director of Climate Policy, he oversees policy development and advocacy efforts on issues related to climate change, air quality and energy policy.

Conor joined Environmental Advocates NY in 2013. As our Director of Climate Policy, he oversees policy development and advocacy efforts on issues related to climate change, air quality and energy policy.

Prior to joining EANY, Conor served as Legislative Director for New York State Assemblymember Kevin Cahill for several years. In that position, he was responsible for managing a legislative portfolio and budget priorities on behalf of Mr. Cahill, who was chair of the Energy Committee during that time. Conor was involved in the renewal of the power plant siting and state energy planning statutes; authorization of on-bill energy efficiency financing; expansion of net metering; and the enactment of the Green Jobs Green New York Program.

Conor has also worked for the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) covering a wide range of issues including government transparency, higher education, consumer protection and energy and the environment. He is a graduate of the University at Albany, with a degree in political science.

Sophie Patka

Climate & Legislative Associate

[email protected]
(518) 703-7528

Sophie joined EANY in 2022 as our Climate and Legislative Associate. 

Sophie has a background in renewable energy, electrification, and conservation. She received her Master’s in Public Administration and Environmental Policy from the University at Albany and is based in the Albany office. 

Clean Water

Robert Hayes

Director of Clean Water

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(518) 462-5526

Rob Hayes is the Director of Clean Water at Environmental Advocates NY. He joined the organization in May 2018 after graduating from the University of Chicago. Based in Albany, Rob lobbies for strong state-level legislation and regulations to protect clean water from source to tap. He leads numerous statewide advocacy coalitions and provides support to residents in communities directly impacted by water pollution, including Hoosick Falls and Newburgh. Recent coalition victories have included historic levels of state funding for water infrastructure upgrades and the establishment of nation-leading drinking water standards for toxic PFAS chemicals.

Adriana Ortega - Clean Water Associate at Environmental Advocates NY

Adriana Ortega

Clean Water Associate

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(518) 462-5526

Prior to becoming the Clean Water Associate, Adriana served as a Program Associate for the American Council of Learned Societies, where she offered support for fellowship holders and ACLS’ constituents.  In addition to her role at the ACLS, Adriana was a Development Associate at the Fortune Society and spent her AmeriCorps year with Make the Road NY as a Volunteer Coordinator. In these roles, she provided vital program support, recruited volunteers, and curated extensive databases of donor/volunteer information.

Adriana graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2019, with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science (Honors Concentration). She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Sustainability Studies from Hofstra University.

Campaigns

Luke Grandis

Campaigns Director

[email protected]
518.992.7208

Luke Grandis, (He/They), our Director of Campaigns, comes to us from spending the last 4 years in grassroots organizing, coordinating statewide legislative campaigns to end mass incarceration, homelessness, the war on drugs, and AIDS throughout New York State. Passionate about climate change and environmental conservation, Luke is thrilled to be joining the EANY team and digging his feet into leading powerful campaigns to protect the air, land, water, and health of all New Yorkers! Luke lives in Albany with his cat Chauncey and loves spending his free time hiking, skateboarding, and tending to his house plants.

Membership

Sarah Young

Sarah Young

Director of Individual Giving

[email protected]
(646) 716-1200

Sarah joined Environmental Advocates NY as the organization’s Director of Individual Giving in May 2011. Sarah’s role at EANY includes working with the Board of Trustees, major donors to the organization, and potential donors across the state of New York to encourage continued and increased financial support of our mission. Sarah works closely with our Advocate Award event committee to grow support for our annual gala in New York City in the fall.

Sarah joined Environmental Advocates NY as the organization’s Director of Individual Giving in May 2011. Sarah’s role at EANY includes working with the Board of Trustees, major donors to the organization, and potential donors across the state of New York to encourage continued and increased financial support of our mission. Sarah works closely with our Advocate Award event committee to grow support for our annual gala in New York City in the fall.

Sarah joined Environmental Advocates NY as the organization’s Director of Individual Giving in May 2011.

Sarah’s role at EANY includes working with the Board of Trustees, major donors to the organization, and potential donors across the state of New York to encourage continued and increased financial support of our mission. Sarah works closely with our Advocate Award event committee to grow support for our annual gala in New York City in the fall.

Sarah is based in New York City.

Prior to joining Environmental Advocates NY, Sarah was the director of gift and estate planning at Brooklyn Botanic Garden and, previous to that, she was at the American Museum of Natural History, also working in the area of individual giving.

Sarah has a B.A. in history from Northwestern University. In her free time, she likes to hike, ski and chase her kids.

Nicholas Moore

Nicholas Moore

Membership Director

[email protected]
(518) 462-5526

Nick joined Environmental Advocates NY in June 2011. As Membership Director, Nick plays an important role in developing relationships with EANY’s donor base, which includes expanding our reach throughout the state and managing our donor database. He is part of a bustling development department, providing support to the Director of Development and Director of Individual Giving across a wide range of fundraising activities including online fundraising, monthly and workplace giving and the annual Advocate Awards gala.

Nick joined Environmental Advocates NY in June 2011. As Membership Director, Nick plays an important role in developing relationships with EANY’s donor base which includes expanding our reach throughout the state and managing our donor database. He is part of a bustling development department, providing support to the Director of Development and Director of Individual Giving across a wide range of fundraising activities including online fundraising, monthly and workplace giving and the annual Advocate Awards Gala.

Prior to joining Environmental Advocates NY, Nick worked for the New York State Department of Health, where he supported data entry, mail, reception, and digital data management efforts. Prior to that, he was a Financial Transaction Specialist at Cornell University, where he processed university payments to vendors and clients and assisted with special projects.

Nick has a B.A. in Politics from Ithaca College. He lives in East Greenbush with his wife, son, daughter, dog, and 3 cats. In his free time he plays guitar and electric piano.

Communications

Brian Keegan

Director of Communications & Marketing

[email protected]
(518) 462-5526

Brian joined Environmental Advocates NY as the Director of Communications and Marketing in 2018. A strategic communicator with twenty years of experience spanning politics, government, and the think tank world, Brian oversees our communications/outreach efforts to diverse audiences including the media, elected officials, our membership, and the general public.

Brian joined Environmental Advocates NY as the Director of Communications and Marketing in 2018. A strategic communicator with twenty years of experience spanning politics, government, and the think tank world, Brian oversees our communications/outreach efforts to diverse audiences including the media, elected officials, our membership, and the general public.

Prior to joining EANY, Brian has held a variety of communication positions for the state of New York. He has also served as a communications officer for the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington DC.

Brian received his Bachelor of Arts degree in theology from Villanova University. He lives in Hoosick Falls with his wife and son.

Max Oppen

Communications Associate

[email protected]
(518) 545-5295

Max joined Environmental Advocates NY in December 2014, and is committed to helping educate and mobilize New Yorkers about the need for environmental protections. As Communications Associate, he helps to ensure the organization’s messaging strategy is successfully executed in statewide media. Max is also responsible for helping to develop and carry out EANY’s social media and digital advocacy strategy, as well as photographic and web administrator duties.

Max joined Environmental Advocates NY in December 2014, and is committed to helping educate and mobilize New Yorkers about the need for environmental protections. As Communications Associate, he helps to ensure the organization’s messaging strategy is successfully executed in statewide media. Max is also responsible for helping to develop and carry out EANY’s social media and digital advocacy strategy, as well as photographic and web administrator duties.

Prior to joining Environmental Advocates NY, Max was a reporter for Columbia-Greene Media, a family-owned newspaper organization covering the Catskills and beyond. Max earned his B.A. in journalism from the University at Albany, where he worked with the Digital Media Division of the Department of Communications and Marketing.