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A panel discussion with Environmental Studies alumni Tracy Stone-Manning, Brian Ferrasci-O'Malley, and Anna Swanson Peterson, on their experiences in shaping government and influencing policy in their work.

Panelist bios:

Tracy Stone-Manning is the Associate Vice President for Public Lands at National Wildlife Federation. Tracy served as the Chief of Staff for Montana Governor Steve Bullock from 2014 – 2017 and prior to that was the Director of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. She worked for Senator John Tester for six years in various capacities from 2007 - 2012. Before that Tracy was the Executive Director of the Clark Fork Coalition from 1999 - 2007.

Brian Ferrasci-O'Malley is an environmental and natural resources attorney with Nossaman LLP whose practice spans both transactional work and litigation. He regularly advises clients on renewable energy development and federal wildlife law issues. Prior to joining Nossaman, Brian was an attorney with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of the Solicitor, where he managed a nationwide docket of natural resource damages cases under CERCLA and OPA. Before that, he was a contract staff attorney at Greenpeace, Inc.

Anna Peterson is the Executive Director of The Mountain Pact. Anna has worked professionally for 20 years with a range of constituency groups, non-profits, small businesses, foundations, and large corporations on campaigns focused on corporate social responsibility, anti-sweatshops, human rights, immigration, refugee rights, public health, public lands, and climate change issues. Anna runs her own communications agency, Conservation Communications and has worked on conservation campaigns in all states across the American West, as well as in Minnesota and Florida. Anna’s 2005 UM graduate portfolio was titled "Corporate Accountability and Responsibility in a Global Age".

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Missoula, Montana

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1 hour, 26 minutes, 50 seconds

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