Executive Advisory Board

Plastic Pollution Coalition, a project of Earth Island Institute, is under the legal umbrella of Earth Island Institute's Board of Directors.

Support for Plastic Pollution Coalition's work and program is directly overseen by the Executive Advisory Board, whose members are below.


Elyssa Elbaz

Manager of the Elbaz Family Foundation, which supports environmental and educational causes. She is a former Assistant United States Attorney, where she was a member of the Violent and Organized Crime division. Prior to working as a prosecutor, she worked for the law firm of O'Melveny and Myers and clerked for a federal judge. She has also worked as a journalist for a number of newspapers and wire services in Los Angeles. Elyssa obtained her undergraduate degree at Claremont McKenna College and her law degree from the UCLA School of Law. She serves on the following non-profit boards: the Plastic Pollution Coalition, Claremont McKenna College and the CMC Center for Human Rights Leadership, Iridescent, Pressman Academy, Temple Beth Am and Think Beyond Plastic.


Michelle Esrick

A filmmaker, activist, actress and poet. Michelle seeks to be of service in her everyday life and is attracted to projects and people that are concerned with making a positive impact in their communities and around out the world. Michelle has worked on a number of documentaries about art, music and social change, including two-time Academy Award©-winner Barbara Kopple’s film, My Generation, about the three Woodstock Festivals. Michelle has also created and produced such notable events as “Activism With A Sense Of Humor,” starring Wavy Gravy, at Theater for the New City in NYC (2001), “Poems Not Fit for the White House” at Lincoln Center, featuring Arthur Miller, Mos Def, Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory (2003), and “Unconventional Heroes: An Evening of Performance to Honor Courageous Resisters,” with Steve Earle and Odetta (2004). Michelle and her production crew filmed Wavy Gravy over a period of 10 years (1999 – 2009), collecting never-before-seen footage and creating a story that focuses on Wavy’s commitment to making a difference in the world and having fun doing it. The Wavy Gravy Movie: Saint Misbehavin’ premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in 2009 and won several awards and much acclaim on the film festival circuit. The film was released theatrically in 2010 to rave reviews and inspired audiences all over the country. Michelle is currently working on several exciting projects through her company, Ripple Effect Films.


Annie Rothschild Farman


John Gorman

Mr. John J. Gorman, IV, served as a Director since founding Tejas Securities Group, Inc. in 1994. Over the past 19 years, Mr. Gorman has gained a wealth of leadership experience through his positions as Vice President at both Dean Witter and Shearson Lehman in Dallas, and Senior Vice President at both Landmark Group and APS Financial Corporation in Austin. He serves as a Director of Westech Capital Corp. since September 17, 2013. Mr. Gorman served on the Board of Directors for Lincoln Heritage Corporation, First Republic and M Corp. Mr. Gorman received his B.B.A. from Southern Methodist University in 1983.


Ann Luskey

Doing her best to life to the fullest. Celebrating with gratitude: my children, my extended family, my friends, Willow and Sage (the Maine Coon cats), The Eco Pad, and the adventures aboard M/Y Sirenuse. Passions and expertise: ocean conservation. RAW food and juicing, helping people REFUSE single use plastic, experiential education, wildlife conservation in Africa, Net-Zero living, reducing the toxins in our lives, philanthropy, NGO trustee, freediving, whales and dolphins.


Heather White

Heather White is president and CEO of Yellowstone Forever, the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park. Heather is a nationally recognized sustainability leader, proven nonprofit executive, and expert on environmental law and policy, with deep roots in environmental education and conservation biology. Heather joined the team in Yellowstone after serving as the executive director of Environmental Working Group, where she guided the organization’s fundraising, advocacy, and outreach strategies, managed four offices, and oversaw the engagement of more than two million online supporters. White previously worked as the director of education advocacy for National Wildlife Federation, the nation’s largest conservation organization, counsel to United States Senator Russell D. Feingold, a litigation associate at Bass, Berry & Sims law firm, and served as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University Law Center.


Alexa Woodward


Andrea Arria-Devoe