Mark Templeton Appointed to Environmental Law Institute’s Board of Directors

Environmental Law Institute Welcomes Five New Board Members

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is delighted to announce the appointment of five new members to its Board of Directors: Jay Duffy, Linda French, Mathy Stanislaus, Mark Templeton, and Carita Walker. ELI’s Board includes environmental leaders from all sectors, including private law practice, corporate management, nongovernmental organizations, and academia.

“Uniting diverse interests in pursuit of pragmatic solutions and creative next steps is a hallmark of ELI. These five distinguished individuals bring a wealth of experience, energy, and new perspectives to the Board,” said ELI President Jordan Diamond. “I look forward to working with our newest members to advance ELI’s important mission of improving governance to support a healthy environment for all,” added incoming ELI Board Chair Robert C. Kirsch.


Mark Templeton is a Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic, and a Research Affiliate of the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC) at the University of Chicago Law School. In addition to teaching courses in environmental and energy law, he works with approximately 20 law students each quarter to litigate cases challenging illegal pollution, ineffective enforcement, and inadequate standards and to develop and promote innovative policies to improve the environment, public health, and equity. Professor Templeton has previously served as Trustee and Executive Director of the Office of Independent Trustees for the $20 billion Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trust, and as the cabinet-level Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. From 2005 to 2009, Professor Templeton served as Associate Dean and Chief Operating Officer at Yale Law School. From 2001 to 2005, he developed environmental and sustainability strategies at McKinsey & Company, among other projects. Professor Templeton has also served as Special Assistant and Senior Adviser to the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and as an adviser to the U.S. Delegation to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. He was a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs from 1994 to 1996. Professor Templeton earned an AB, magna cum laude, in Social Studies from Harvard College and a JD from Yale Law School.

Read more at Environmental Law Institute