Staff

Charles CaldartCharles Caldart (Litigation Director)

Mr. Caldart completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Washington in 1970, and received his JD from the University of Washington School of Law in 1974. He earned an M.P.H. from the Harvard University School of Public Health in 1982. Mr. Caldart worked at the firm of Miles, Way & Caldart in Olympia, Washington from 1974 to 1983, becoming a partner in 1979, and specializing in civil litigation. He began working as MASSPIRG's Litigation Attorney in 1985, bringing environmental, public health, and constitutional law cases. Mr. Caldart is also on the teaching faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has taught environmental law courses at MIT since 1983. Mr. Caldart helped found the National Environmental Law Center in 1990.

 

Josh Kratka (Senior Attorney)

Mr. Kratka, 1979 graduate of Harvard University, received his JD from Northeastern University School of Law in 1984. He served as a Law Clerk for the Superior Court of Massachusetts until 1986, when he became MASSPIRG's Staff Attorney. At MASSPIRG, he advocated for environmental and consumer protection laws. Mr. Kratka joined NELC's litigation staff in 1994.

 

 

 

Heather GovernHeather Govern (Staff Attorney) 

Ms. Govern graduated from Amherst College in 2002 and earned her JD degree from Northeastern University School of Law and her Master of Environmental Law & Policy from Vermont Law School in 2013. During law school, she completed an award-winning pro bono project for the Conservation Law Foundation addressing Boston waterfront development compliance with the public trust doctrine. Ms. Govern also served as an intern with the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, the Environmental Enforcement Section of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Massachusetts.

 

Kevin Budris (Staff Attorney)

Mr. Budris graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 2004 and received his JD from the George Washington University Law School in 2010.  He clerked for Judge Janet Bond Arterton in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut between 2010 and 2012, and worked as an associate in the litigation department at Ropes & Gray, LLP from 2012 until joining NELC in 2015.  During his time at Ropes & Gray, he maintained an active pro bono environmental litigation practice, and worked on appellate matters regarding the tax exempt status of conservation land in Massachusetts and priority habitat regulations under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act.  

 

Lauren Aragon (Paralegal)
Ms. Aragon completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Oklahoma in 2015. While in school, she interned with The Heritage Foundation, the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs and the Oklahoma State House. After graduation, she joined USPIRG as the transportation fellow, where she focused on 21st century transportation solutions to congestion and pollution issues until joining NELC in 2017.