Mid-Atlantic Regional Office: Meet Our Staff

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Joy M. Oakes, Senior Director, Mid-Atlantic Region
Since 2001, Joy has overseen NPCA’s activities in the region’s five states and the District of Columbia. Joy was a leader in the Healthy Air Campaign in Maryland, which in 2006 resulted in the nation’s strongest state legislation to reduce pollution including carbon dioxide from power plants. She helped establish NPCA's healthy air campaign, and has led successful campaigns to add historically important lands to parks in the region, as well as to contest inappropriate developments next to and inside of national park boundaries. Prior to joining NPCA, Joy worked for the Sierra Club, and in the 1990s led a campaign to stop a proposed new town on the Potomac River downstream of Washington, D.C. The campaign resulted in enactment of Maryland’s landmark Smart Growth program, and creation of the 2,200-acre Chapman Forest State Park and related natural area. In 1997 Joy was a founder of the Coalition for Smarter Growth in Washington, D.C. A native Virginian with deep roots in rural culture, Joy graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a B.A. degree in religion.

 Matt Matt Elliott, Delaware and Pennsylvania Program Manager
Matt came to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office in November of 2013 after ten years advocating for cutting-edge policies to cut air pollution, promote renewable energy, and protect open spaces. He has worked with both Republicans and Democrats in New Jersey and in Washington, D.C. to enact sensible environmental safeguards. Among his achievements, the NJ legislature approved—and Governors Corzine and Christie signed—a suite of bills that will power one-third of New Jersey's homes with clean, renewable energy by 2025. Matt successfully contested new coal and gas-fired power plants in New Jersey that would have brought more pollution to towns already burdened with unhealthy air. As someone who spent his formative years growing up in the Adirondack mountains, Matt knows the value of pristine open spaces. And as a resident of Philadelphia, he knows and appreciates the value of historical sites, national landmarks, and urban escapes. He is an avid hiker and enjoys photography. Matt graduated from Vassar College in 2003.


Pamela E. Goddard, Senior Manager, Chesapeake & Virginia Programs
Joining NPCA in February 2011, Pam helped head up two critical Mid-Atlantic Programs. The Chesapeake Watershed Initiative is part of our Landscape Conservation Campaign, with the goal of enhancing protection of national parks in the Chesapeake region. Pam will work with local, state and federal stakeholders to identify, restore, and conserve the 51 national parks, 5 national trails, and 4 national heritage areas of the Chesapeake watershed. Joining conservation partners, she will identify new potential park land that would enhance and connect the natural and cultural values of the Chesapeake. Special places like the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and the proposed park at Fort Monroe are two resources NPCA will advocate to expand and protect. In Virginia, Pam will continue NPCA’s advocacy for clean air throughout the state by holding power plants to stringent clean air standards. The top of her list is Old Dominion’s proposed coal-fired power plant at Cypress Creek. She will also spearhead NPCA’s fight against inappropriate development on historic battlefields like the Wilderness Battlefield in Orange County. Before joining NPCA, Pam spent nine years at the Sierra Club’s Legislative Office in Washington, DC, working on clean water, property rights, and on the Club’s political action committee. For three years, she was the Campaign Manager of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, advocating for federal research dollars and spent five years as the Senior Grassroots Outreach Manager for the National Wildlife Federation. Throughout her career, Pam has brought thousands of citizens to Washington, DC to advocate for protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Florida Everglades, and other unique parts of America. Pam earned her B.A. in French at Grinnell College.


Katherine McKinney, Senior Program Coordinator
Katherine joined the Mid-Atlantic team in May of 2013 after two years working with the Virginia Outdoors Foundation in Warrenton, Virginia. Fond memories of visiting national parks with her family as a child and also two summers serving as an intern in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks have fostered a love of national parks and wild places. This love, as well as a background in conservation, made NPCA the perfect fit for her. She has a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Kentucky and an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. Katherine looks forward to furthering the mission of the various Mid-Atlantic programs while also learning more about the issues facing the parks in this region.


Carole Southall, Director of Development, Mid-Atlantic Region
“I spend my days surrounded by philanthropists, volunteers, and staff who contribute their resources to make the world a better place,” says Carole Southall, the new Director of Development for NPCA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office. Carole has been a fundraiser for more than 20 years, affiliated with organizations such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Royal Nature Conservancy (complete profile on LinkedIn). She loves major gifts for its deeply personal connection to individuals. “Most of America’s greatest Parks and Historic sites came about because of philanthropists who give major gifts of land, or regular citizens who fought to conserve an important aspect of American heritage.” Carole fondly recalls that her parents’ idea of the best vacation in the world was to visit a national park, and together they crisscrossed the country visiting hundreds of national parks in 49 states (Alaska someday!). Today she lives in Wilton, Connecticut, home to Weir Farm National Park, where she spends many weekend hours as an amateur painter.


Ed Stierli, Field Representive, Chesapeake and Virginia Program
Ed Stierli joined NPCA in July 2012 as the Steve & Roberta Denning Land Conservation Fellow for the Mid-Atlantic Region. Now, as the Chesapeake Field Representative he coordinates conservation outreach and restoration projects as a part of the National Parks in the Chesapeake campaign. He also manages the “Freedom to Float” campaign which advocates for expanded access to clean water in the Chesapeake.

Ed’s childhood experiences traveling the country and camping with his family inspired his love for national parks. After graduating from college, he taught middle school English in New Orleans. Since moving to Washington, D.C., he has worked as conservation and education grassroots advocate with the Alliance for Climate Protection and National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Ed has a B.S. in History and Political Science from Florida State University and a Masters in Public Policy from George Mason University. In his spare time, you can find him exploring the parks with his wife and two dogs.


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