Founded by a small group of dedicated volunteers in 1979, we have since grown to a fully staffed nonprofit organization in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Executive Director

Joined Maryland LCV in 2019 after two years as the Chief Operating Officer at US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment. Prior to her role at US SIF, Kim worked at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, including eight years as the Maryland Executive Director and then six years as Vice President of Environmental Protection and Restoration where she oversaw CBF’s policy, outreach and restoration work throughout the watershed. Kim was selected as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2015, appointed as an Admiral of the Chesapeake Bay, served as the Valedictorian of her Leadership Maryland class and was a member of the State Ethics Commission from 2015 to 2019. Kim lives in Annapolis with her husband. kcoble (at)

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Deputy Director

Joined Maryland LCV in 2014 and soon launched Chispa Maryland, a Latino outreach and organzing 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)  

Laura Wood looking into the camera with the Chesapeake Bay in the background


Development Director

Laura Wood, Development Director, joined Maryland LCV in April 2020 to develop and lead a comprehensive fundraising strategy. She brings 15 years of fundraising experience from her career at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, including an expertise in major grants and gifts, as well as experience securing event sponsorships and managing fundraising campaigns. She holds a master’s degree in environmental policy from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Laura lives on the Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis with her husband, daughter, and dog and together, they enjoy exploring all of Maryland’s unique natural resources. lwood (at)

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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)

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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)

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Water Program Director

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 Orion. balexandro (at)

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Development Associate

Kristyn is new to Maryland LCV, 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)