We look forward to meeting you soon—either on the trail, at the State House, or at a social event. NRCM Rising staffers are part of NRCM’s 24-person staff. We work on all of NRCM’s top priorities—tackling climate change, protecting the North Woods, restoring Maine’s rivers, promoting more sustainable living, and keeping tar sands out of Maine. Please get in touch with us to learn more about NRCM Rising and how you can get involved too!
Eliza Donoghue, Esq.
North Woods Policy Advocate and Outreach Coordinator
I grew up in Maine, where I cultivated my environmental ethos as a kid, canoeing Maine’s rivers and climbing its mountains. I made my way to NRCM via the University of Montana, where I got a degree in Creative Writing and Wilderness Studies. Montana’s vast, breathtaking, and accessible public lands solidified my passion for land conservation. I went on to Vermont Law School, where I studied land conservation law and got my J.D. I’m psyched to be back in my home state, working to protect the landscape I loved first. Today I live in Brunswick with my husband Marco and our furry pal Pearl, where I love to ski, trail run, hike, and horseback ride.
Federal Project Director
I grew up on Orr’s Island and have a deep affection for Maine’s coast. Currently living in Hallowell, I’m also a big fan of the Kennebec Valley, which is full of top-notch swimming holes, fishing spots, and quiet places to sit by the water. Since graduating from Colby College in 2008, where I studied Government and Environmental Policy, I have been focusing on tackling climate change, fighting tar sands, and advocating for energy efficiency and clean energy policies. I was excited to help launch NRCM Rising, because it is helping us meet other young Mainers eager to do their part in protecting this beautiful state. I enjoy traveling; sea kayaking up and down the coast; hiking, skiing, and camping in the mountains; canoeing, fly and ice fishing on Maine's lakes and rivers; and all things Maine. Get in touch if you’d like to cast a line in Hallowell!
Environmental Policy Outreach Coordinator
Growing up in the rural community of Litchfield, Maine and spending most of my time in the woods helped create a profound attachment to Maine’s wilderness and its creatures, upon which all of us are interdependent. As a student at the University of Maine I studied engineering until ultimately deciding to return to my lifelong love of music and obtaining a Bachelor of Music Performance. When I wasn’t practicing, performing, or traveling to Canada and Europe as a guest at music festivals, I was exploring everything Maine’s natural heritage has to offer, from the most difficult bouldering route in Clifton to the rock-strewn plateau atop Katahdin. After graduating from the University in 2004 I worked as a Constituent Services Representative for Congressman Mike Michaud and further developed my love of the people and places of our state, particularly northern and western Maine. After leaving the House, I worked for a small alternative energy business helping to construct energy-efficient homes and install wind and solar systems. I’ve spent the last ten years owning and running my family farm in Newport where I live with my wife, two children, and several farm animals. When not engaged in protecting the North Woods and farming, I spend any free time I can enjoying all the outdoor activities Maine has to offer including swimming, whitewater kayaking, hiking, camping, cross country skiing, and boulder jumping.
Sustainable Maine Project Director
Raised in Bath, I now live in Cumberland with my husband and our sons. I earned a bachelor’s degree from UNH in Environmental and Resource Economics and a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara, where I specialized in Economics and Politics of the Environment and Water Resources Management. Before joining NRCM in January 2014, I spent three years providing education, training, and technical assistance to New Hampshire communities wanting to adopt programs that encouraged residents to reduce, reuse, and recycle. I enjoy travel, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, painting, and spending time with friends and family.
NRCM Rising Director and Grassroots Outreach Coordinator
I was born and raised in Portland and now call Waterville home. After graduating from Green Mountain College with a BA in Environmental Studies in 2010, I moved back to Maine. I worked as a field organizer and canvasser for a number of state and national non-profits. As NRCM’s outreach coordinator, I engage NRCM members and supporters in our environmental advocacy work at the State House and beyond. As a native Mainer, I feel good knowing my work is helping to protect Maine’s environment today and for the future. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and camping on Maine’s mountains, picking wild berries, and tossing a frisbee at the beach.