I have worked with companies in the utility, automotive, pulp and paper, food products, chemical and health care sectors to help analyze and problem solve a wide variety of environmental and energy issues and manage risk. I have partnered with clients to help them develop, implement, and then communicate their efforts on these issues with customers, employees, investors, regulatory agencies, advocacy groups and other stakeholders. I believe in giving back and have served on and as board chair of several different nonprofit groups as well as mentoring young professionals.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.- Ralph Waldo Emerson
How'd you get here?
In an unusual way! I am a lawyer by training and bring three decades of experience in environmental, energy, and sustainability related experience in both the public and private sector. I started in private practice working on a wide variety or air, water and waste issues for manufacturing and utility clients. I worked at EPA headquarters in D.C. in the Office of General Counsel and then became a partner at Waller, a major law firm in Nashville for over a decade. In 2011, I was appointed by the Governor of Tennessee as the commissioner of the state environmental agency. While in that role I was also elected by my peers to serve as the head of the organization of state environmental agency heads. FINN’s growing practice in the environment, energy and sustainability and the opportunity to work with talented professionals in a collaborative environment, doing great work for amazing clients is what brought me here.