Pete joined Waterkeeper in October 2011 as a law clerk devoted to the Clean and Safe Energy campaign. A native of the South, Pete grew up fishing the Black Warrior River and swimming in Hurricane Creek in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He earned his B.S. in Environmental Sciences at the University of North Carolina Asheville, where he developed a passion for grassroots action to address the many negative effects of coal. Pete earned his J.D. from Pace University School of Law in New York.
While at Pace, Pete interned at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, representing Waterkeeper in litigation to stop coal companies from illegally dumping toxic chemicals into the rivers and streams in eastern Kentucky and filing false pollution monitoring data. At Waterkeeper Alliance, he works alongside local Waterkeepers to address coal-related water pollution, particularly from ash ponds at power plants.