Dr. Robert K. Musil, President and CEO
As the CEO of the Rachel Carson Council, Dr. Musil speaks and organizes nationwide at campuses and civic organizations, is a key advocate on Capitol Hill, and has increased RCC membership, budget, and staff while developing an extensive and growing grassroots and campus network. He has designed and led RCC organizing efforts in North Carolina, spoken and organized in Florida at campus and community events to oppose the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant in collaboration with Beyond Nuclear, and is the co-author of Pork and Pollution, Fowl Matters and Blast Zone.
Musil has been a leader, activist, educator, and author in the national environmental, environmental health, peace and social justice movements for over three decades. He is one of the most respected and senior public interest advocates in Washington. He serves as the President of the Scoville Peace Fellowship; Chairman of the Board of the Council for a Livable World (C)(4) and PAC; Chairman of the Board of the Population Connection Action Fund (C)(4) and PAC; a Board member of Beyond Nuclear; and an Advisory Board member of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI). Musil is also an environmental educator who is a Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University where he teaches American environmental politics. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Mitchell College in New London, Connecticut where he is involved in reviewing a new campus master plan and college endowment investments for sustainability and social responsibility. Musil also writes on climate, nuclear and justice issues for the Huffington Post and is the author of three environmental books: Hope for a Heated Planet: How Americans Are Fighting Global Warming and Building a Better Future (Rutgers, 2009); Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America’s Environment (Rutgers Press, 2014) and Washington in Spring: A Nature Journal for a Changing Capital (Bartleby Press, 2016).
Alexandra Wisner, Assistant Director, Policy and Programs
Alexandra represents the RCC on Capitol Hill and is responsible for our research and publications and the Rachel Carson Campus Network (RCCN). Alexandra was born and raised on a small island off the coast of North Carolina where her passion for the environment grew through extensive work on ocean and sea turtle protection. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University where she was a Benjamin N. Duke Scholar majoring in environmental science and policy with a focus on human rights. Alexandra previously worked at the League of Conservation Voters on public lands and has carried out extensive research on birds in indigenous-populated regions of Latin America.
Mackay Pierce, Rachel Carson Council Campus Coordinator
Drawing form his experience as a campus organizer and leader, Mackay serves as the Rachel Carson Council’s Campus Coordinator. Originally from the heart of the Appalachian Mountains in Northeast Tennessee, he connects his passion for environmental protection to his love of the mountains he calls home. Mackay graduated from Roanoke College in 2017 with degrees in Environmental Studies and Sociology. While on campus, he helped found a student run campus organic garden and led nine Alternative Break trips focusing on environmental justice. Following graduation, Mackay worked for Habitat for Humanity in the Roanoke Valley as an AmeriCorps National Member. He has also previously worked for the Friends Committee on National Legislation on climate change and for various political campaigns. He is excited to continue to help students and faculty on college campuses engage with local and national environmental issues.
Elijah Brunson, Environmental Education Associate
Elijah Brunson has committed himself to supporting the just and sustainable transition movement. Elijah’s background combines a B.S. in Psychology from Duke University, 2 years of case management experience, and theater of the oppressed training. At the Rachel Carson Council, he works to create a strong environmental movement in North Carolina that focuses on intergenerational leadership, culturally-driven popular education, and policy development and advocacy. Elijah forms partnerships with campuses to cultivate a passion for the environment and a heart for justice. These projects include campaigns for community health protections, industry accountability, and halting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Elijah also creates campus curricula that incorporates both expert and local knowledge to lead and direct efforts to redress environmental harms to frontline communities and the world. He is in his third year as a member of the North Carolina Climate Justice Summit Leadership Team. Be it through spoken word, art, fashion, or environmental sciences and policy, Elijah believes that everyone has a role to play in the environmental movement.
Maggie Cummings, Maryland Environmental Education Associate
Maggie received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a minor in GIS from Salisbury University (SU). During her time at SU, she worked with the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Urban Ecosystem Restorations, Baywater Farms, Salisbury Community Gardens, and Real Food Challenge. She participated in numerous projects and internships that focused on areas such as MAEOE Green Center certification, water quality, ecosystem restoration, and sustainable agriculture. She has a strong desire to make environmental issues and studies relevant to all people in her community, especially the next generation. She looks forward to working with the RCC to improve ecological, environmental justice and health outcomes by linking frontline communities on the Eastern Shore with campuses and advocacy spheres.
Ross A. Feldner, Publications and Web Consultant
Ross Feldner is the owner/art director of New Age Graphics, a full-service graphic design firm in Wheaton, MD. He also volunteers as a guide at the Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge and is editor of the Friends of Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge newsletter. Ross also serves as Vice President of the Rachel Carson Landmark Alliance which supports Rachel Carson’s historic house in Silver Spring, MD where she wrote the landmark book Silent Spring.
Liam McAuliff, Policy & Communications Intern
Before joining RCC, Liam worked at the Sierra Club’s national press office supporting efforts to resist environmental regulatory rollbacks. Prior to that, Liam carried out research on the environmental rhetoric of emerging American and Western European political parties while completing his BA with honors in Environmental Policy from Hamilton College. In his spare time, Liam helps maintain a bed & breakfast that he co-owns in Warrenton, VA.
Rhyne Cureton, Sustainable Agriculture Intern
Rhyne is a senior majoring in Agricultural Education at North Carolina A&T State University. As an advocate and former producer of free-range and pastured based hog farming and food justice. Rhyne is passionate about livestock agriculture that incorporates livestock back into nature.
Rhyne is interested in transforming modern pig farming and building understanding between environmentalist, farmers, and consumers. He speaks at conferences, holds agricultural painting classes, visits farmers and producers, and sits on the steering committee for the Piedmont Triad Regional Food Council
Wayne Rouse, Financial Officer. Wayne Rouse has been the financial officer of the Rachel Carson Council since 2011. Wayne has been the accountant for a number of non-profits and retired from the Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO) in Washington where he held positions in engineering, computers and energy management. He has also served as President, Treasurer, and Manager of the PEPCO Federal Credit Union.