Karla Raettig, Executive Director, joined Maryland LCV in 2011. Karla has over 20 years of experience in the environmental community, most recently heading up the National Wildlife Federation's Louisiana Coastal Restoration program. Before joining NWF, Karla practiced environmental law at the Environmental Integrity Project, the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, and at the Seattle office of Earthjustice. Karla has an LL.M in environmental and natural resources law from Tulane University Law School and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Karla lives in Cheverly, Maryland, with her husband, two stepsons, and an adorable beagle mixkraettig (at)



Kristen Harbeson, Political Director, joined in 2015 after five years as senior staff for Chairman Maggie McIntosh. During her tenure with the legislature, she worked for the Environmental Matters Committee through the passage of landmark stormwater and septics legislation, as well as with issues including fracking, pesticides and other land-use concerns. After a BA from Hampshire College in 1996, Kristen graduated with a MA in history and museum studies from the University of Delaware in 2000, moving to Baltimore to work at the USS Constellation Museum. Her passion for policy, however, led her to shift to advocacy work, first at Preservation Maryland and then the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers. In these roles she built coalitions and advocated for sustainable building practices and conservation, as well as for full funding for the Historic Preservation Fund and the Land and Water Conservation Act. During her free time, Kristen dedicates her time to her other great passions: Baltimore, traveling, dancing, history and spreadsheets. kharbeson (at)

Karen Doory, Development Director, joined Maryland LCV in 2012. She oversees all fundraising operations for Maryland LCV (501c4) & Maryland LCV Education Fund (501c3) and manages Maryland LCV’s PAC. Karen has more than a decade of experience raising money for political campaigns and non-profit organization on the local, state, federal and national level, and was a member of the Illinois League of Conservation Voters Young Professional’s Board in Chicago before she moved to the mid-Atlantic. Karen has been active in Maryland politics since 2010 when she served as U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski’s deputy campaign manager and finance director. For the past 5 years, Karen and her husband Brian have been raising their family in the Homeland neighborhood of Baltimore, where she serves on both the Homeland Association and the Homeland Foundation boards. Karen has a degree in political science from the University of North Carolina-Asheville. In her limited free time, Karen enjoys travelling, seeing live music, swimming in Lake Michigan, reading about & sometimes doing DIY painting projects, working in her garden and planting native plants around her home.  kdoory (at)

Dannielle Lipinski, Communications and Outreach Manager, began in February of 2010. She manages our internship, volunteer programs, outreach activities, online fundraising and communications. She graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore County with a degree in environmental studies and minors in legal policy and economics. A native Marylander, Dannielle fondly recalls a trip to Australia where she was able to cuddle koalas. She lives in Catonsville with her husband and their son. dlipinski (at)



Ramon Palencia-Calvo, Latino Outreach Director, joined Maryland LCV in 2014 and soon launched Chispa Maryland, a Lationo outreach and organzingn program created to ensure that Maryland Latino families and community leaders are a powerful voice in protecting our air, land, water, public health, and future. A native of Spain, Ramon has worked conducting research, outreach, and materializing partnerships with Latino organizations on education and social issues. After years working in this field, and prompted by his travels in Latin America, where he discovered firsthand the nexus between environmental degradation and human development, he switched gears. He obtained an M.S. in environmental sciences and policy from Johns Hopkins University, and has been working in sustainability and climate and energy ever since. Most recently, he was a fellow at the Worldwatch Institute, where he worked on an international project identifying social, political and economic opportunities to promote renewable energy in Central America, as well as creating partnerships to advance low carbon development. Ramon lives in Takoma Park with his daughter and enjoys hiking and camping in his spare time. rpcalvo (at)  

Ben Alexandro, Water Policy Advocate, joined in 2015 and is acting as the Maryland lead for the Choose Clean Water Coalition. He is well versed in Chesapeake Bay, watershed, and conservation science and policy issues. Before joining Maryland LCV, Ben coordinated the Potomac Watershed Partnership with the Cacapon Institute and worked on stormwater and green infrastructure issues with the Environmental Finance Center. Ben has a M.S. in conservation biology and sustainable development and a M.P.P. in environmental public policy with a focus on nonprofit management and leadership from the University of Maryland. Ben also earned a B.S. in wildlife conservation from University of Delaware. Ben enjoys traveling, hiking, teaching, and working as a volunteer consult. Ben is a new dad living in Crofton, Maryland, with his wife, Kaidza, and his son Orionbalexandro (at)
Monica O’Connor, Field Organizer, joined the Maryland LCV in the beginning of 2019. She is a founding member of the grassroots organization Maryland WISE Women and The Earth Coalition. She is passionate about finding just ways to protect and restore the planet for future generations and is thrilled to put her energies into the national LCV Clean Energy for All Campaign. She lives in Severna Park with her husband, children, and pets. Monica and family spend just about every family vacation hiking in one of America’s wonderful state and national parks. moconnor (at)
Kristyn Kuhn Eckel, Development Associate, is Maryland LCV's newest team member, joining the group in February 2019. With more than 30 years of communications and development experience, she was the communications director at an independent college preparatory school for more than two decades, where she acted as the faculty adviser to the student-led Eco Club. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston College in communications and English. A dedicated and life-long environmentalist, Kristyn and her husband, Jeff, reside in Annapolis, where they enjoy biking, paddle boarding, kayaking, and gardening. Jeff is the CEO of a capital provider focused on reducing climate changing greenhouse gas emissions. Their home is highly energy efficient and nearly net zero, and they both drive all-electric vehicles. Kristyn is thrilled to be able to ride her bike or electric scooter to work. keckel (at)