Lewis Freeman, Executive Director – Lew is a co-founder and former Chair of ABRA. He is also Treasurer and former President of Highlanders for Responsible Development, an ABRA member. Lew previously has been deputy assistant to the Governor of Ohio, a lobbyist in Washington and an executive with several trade associations, including the National Association of Manufacturers, American Petroleum Institute and the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI). While at SPI, he led the creation of the resin identification code that is used throughout the world to identify types of plastics to facilitate their recycling and he spearheaded the adoption of labeling on 5-gallon plastic containers to warn against the danger of infant drownings. He is featured in the 2020 PBS Frontline show “Plastics Wars.” Lew has also been president of an opera company and is a professional actor and singer. He holds degrees from Ohio State University (B.A., History) and George Mason University (Masters, Public Policy). He resides in Highland County, Virginia.
Daniel Shaffer, CSI Geospatial Consultant– Dan has spent nearly two decades providing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) services to the construction, engineering, infrastructure and energy industries. He has provided support on projects ranging from residential storm water systems to major port development projects, E911 systems and marine planning for offshore wind farms. He received his B.A. in Geography from Virginia Tech and is a LEED-accredited professional. Dan is the principal architect and custodian of ABRA’s Compliance Surveillance Initiative (CSI) mapping system. Additional duties for ABRA involve assisting with the production of ABRA Update and maintaining the coalition website and mailing list.
Ben Cunningham, CSI Virginia Field Coordinator – Ben is a former board member of ABRA member Friends of Nelson. He makes and supports online mapping systems to help different communities fight fossil fuel infrastructure projects like pipelines in Appalachia. He directs aerial imagery acquisition by drone and airplane for the ABRA CSI program and trains volunteers in aerial photo interpretation and drone operation as well. Ben holds a BA in Geography and Certificate in GIS from the University of Mary Washington. Se habla español.
Andrew W. Young, CSI Compliance and Data Management – Andrew’s responsibilities include analyzing project inspection reports and tracking incidents of both agency and company reported construction noncompliance. He also helps with the processing, submitting and tracking of noncompliance incident reports generated by CSI volunteers. Additionally, Andrew is responsible for conducting research aimed at improving regulatory transparency and accountability. He received a B.A. in Political Theory from Pomona College.
David Sligh, Regulatory Consultant – Dave has worked for 35 years to make the promises of our environmental laws real. He has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia, a law degree from Vermont Law School, and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. Dave has worked as a Senior Environmental Engineer for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Founder and Director of Virginia PEER – the state branch of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Southeast Regional Representative for American Rivers, Upper James Riverkeeper, adjunct instructor of Environmental Science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and as a consultant and advisor to citizen groups around the country. Dave was named a “River Hero” in 2017 by the national group River Network, recognizing him for “extraordinary” efforts “to protect and restore . . . local rivers and waters.”