OUR AMERICAN FRIENDS

Friends of Israel's Environment

Through advocacy and legal actions―as well as persistence, creativity and subject-matter expertise―Adam Teva V’Din has been critical in developing Israel’s environmental policies over many decades.

We at American Friends of Israel’s Environment are proud to provide financial and policy support to Adam Teva V’Din as they work tirelessly to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all.

Meet our American Friends below

Friends of Israel's Environment in action

“I am writing to you because these recent proposals could have a devasting impact on environmental law in Israel.” Read Brian D. Israel’s letter regarding the current judicial overhaul.

Whether you joined or missed our recent virtual events, find them all here and (re)watch them at your leisure. 

Now more than ever, as Friends of Israel’s Environment, it is critical that we help Adam Teva V’Din protect the environment in Israel by protecting the rule of law in Israel

Brian D. Israel, Chairman

Brian Israel is Chair of Arnold & Porter’s Environmental Practice Group, as well as co-lead of the firm’s Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) working group. He focuses on environmental litigation and counseling—including climate-related issues—and he is one of the nation’s leading lawyers for Natural Resource Damages (NRD) claims. Over the course of his career, he successfully resolved over one hundred environmental matters.  Prior to joining Arnold & Porter, Brian was an Honors Trial Attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the US Department of Justice (DOJ).   Brian has spoken and written extensively about environmental law issues including ESG, climate change law, environmental enforcement, corporate liability, regulatory reform, trial strategy, and environmental justice. 

Myla Kaplan, Treasurer

Myla Kaplan has served on the FIE Board since 2019 and as Treasurer since 2021. Myla is a long-time member of Adam Teva V’Din and served on the Israeli board from 2001-2011. During her 20-year residency in Haifa, Israel, a city with severe industrial pollution, Myla was an active participant in environmental campaigns. Myla lives in Exton, Pennsylvania, and works as an in-house legal counsel at Virbac Corporation, a veterinary pharmaceutical company. She spends as much time as possible outdoors and enjoys hiking, biking and kayaking.

 

Mike Gildesgame

Mike is actively engaged in developing and implementing environmental policies and managing natural resource programs in the US and overseas. He has worked with private companies, government agencies and nonprofit groups to develop solutions to natural resource problems facing developing countries and domestic communities. Mike is a trained mediator and works with social justice organizations in the Boston area.

Art Krieger

Arthur Kreiger has more than 30 years of experience as an environmental, land use and municipal lawyer. He is a partner and co-founder of Anderson & Kreiger LLP, a leading environmental law practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Arthur graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and earned his JD with honors from Columbia Law School.

Ethan Shenkman

Ethan Shenkman is a partner at Arnold & Porter’s Environmental Practice Group. He is known nationally for his work with climate change policy and regulation. He earlier served as Deputy General Counsel at the EPA where he was responsible for Clean Air Act regulations and litigation. Prior to that, he was Deputy General Counsel at the US Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. Ethan lives in the Washington DC area.

Gary Skulnik

I am passionate about protecting the environment globally and in Israel especially because I want to ensure Israel’s long-term future. I’ve spent the past 22 years promoting clean energy and fighting climate change in the Mid Atlantic U.S., and now am doing it in Israel. I am currently the CEO and founder of Neighborhood Sun, one of the leading community solar companies in the U.S.

Honorable Alan Sieroty, Former State Senator, California

Alan Sieroty, and Honorary Friend of Israel’s Environment, is often referred to as the father of California’s coastal protection. His landmark work between 1969 and 1972 on the California Coast Initiative led to the California Coastal Act that has protected the State’s coastline ever since. Upon his retirement from the Legislature, the State of California honored Mr. Sieroty by naming a beach near Bodega Bay as the ‘Alan Sieroty State Beach’. Mr. Sieroty generously supported Adam Teva V’Din as it worked to pass Israel’s Coastline Protection Law (2004), and subsequent efforts to protect Israel’s coasts for all of its citizens and for future generations.

Honorable Henry Waxman, Former Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives

Henry Waxman served for 40 years a leading environmental lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives. Along with building some of the USA’s strongest, most enduring environmental laws, he brought much-need vision to the House of Representatives and to public dialogue about the overarching environmental issues of our time. As an Honorary Friend of Friends of Israel’s Environment, he has shared his vision, insights and experience with Adam Teva V’Din advocates, particularly in relation to maintaining a strong and enduring Clean Air Law for Israel.