Marilyn Averill


Board Member

Marilyn is a doctoral student at the University of Colorado, Department of Environmental Studies, and a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Fellow. Marilyn earned an M.P.A from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law, an M.A. in Research and Evaluation Methods in Education from the University of Colorado School of Education, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Wellesley College. She worked in the office of the Solicitor in the U.S. Department of the Interior as an Attorney Advisor representing the USDOI in complex natural resource and environmental litigation where her areas of expertise included the Endangered Species Act; natural resource damages under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); the National Park Service Organic Act; water law; and Federal Indian law. She was also an attorney in private practice and a Judicial Law Clerk for Chief Justice Joseph R. Quinn in the Colorado Supreme Court. Marilyn has worked in public schools as an Evaluation Specialist and a Teacher. She has instructed at the university level at the University of Colorado, Harvard University, and the University of Denver School of Law and the School of Education at the University of Colorado. Other professional activities include work with the World Renewable Energy Congress IX, the Information Technology Program at the University of Colorado, the Climate Change Strategies Roundtable, and the Women’s Action Agenda for a Healthy and Peaceful Planet 2015.