Our Children’s Earth Foundation advocates on behalf of children, who are most vulnerable to pollution, to enable them to breathe clean air and use clean water.
We educate the public about the health problems caused by pollution in their neighborhoods, and empower affected communities to take action to reduce pollution.
The primary objectives and purposes of this 501(c)3 non-profit organization shall be to promote public awareness of domestic and international human rights issues and environmental impacts through information dissemination, artistic expression, education projects, and private enforcement of environmental protection statutes.
Tiffany Schauer, Founder & Executive Director
Tiffany founded OCE in 1998 after more than ten years experience in environmental justice and litigation, specializing in clean air issues. In addition to her private sector attorney experience with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, which represented industry in environmental litigation, she was appointed to the Hearing Board of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD). Prior to her work in the Bay Area, Tiffany worked at the Federal Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC in a variety of key roles. She earned her J.D. from Catholic University in Washington, DC. and her B.A. from San Diego State University. Tiffany is admitted to the State Bars of California, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.
Tiffany served in various environmental regulatory roles prior to founding OCE in1998. Ms. Schauer’s varied positions, including serving as an enforcement attorney at the Environmental Protection Agency, working as a Senior Attorney at a major environmental law firm, adjudicating Clean Air Act permit disputes at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Hearing Board. During the course of her career she discovered that the attacks on environmental regulatory standards and enforcement program funding decisions are not occurring in statehouses and legislative sessions, where the glare of public attention would be too great. Instead, the attacks most often occur in bureaucratic back rooms, out of the public eye, in obscure government departments where polluting industries can influence the decision-making process without risking the wrath of public opposition. The form of the threat is as basic as it is destructive — our environmental laws simply are not being enforced adequately to ensure public safety and basic environmental protections. Since 1998, Tiffany has led OCE to enforce some of the largest environmental law violation actions in the nation.
Since leaving EPA, Tiffany has expanded OCE’s efforts beyond regulatory citizen enforcement to include communicating the issues of government corruption, abuse of power, and needed transparency by addressing these issues in documentary film. Tiffany spearheaded the initiative to bring OCE’s message to the storytelling genre of film through collaborating on many breakthrough documentaries including, Total Denial, Garbage Dreams, Words of Witness, Island President, The C Word, Death by Design, How to Change the World, Sempre Fi, the Hunting Ground, and Last Animals.
Mike Costa, Staff Attorney
Mike focuses on regulatory agency and corporate compliance with the Clean Air Act for OCE. He has been a law clerk with some of the nation’s most prominent environmental organizations, including EarthJustice Legal Defense Fund, Sierra Club’s Coastal Program, and the Environmental Law & Justice Clinic at Golden Gate University School of Law. At the Clinic, Mike worked with professors and legal counsel, representing environmental organizations and community groups in low-income and minority communities. He also participated in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition as a member of the Law School team.
He received his J.D., with distinction from Golden Gate University, with a Specialization Certificate in Environmental Law and a B.A. in political science with honors from California State University, Chico, California.
Mike is admitted to the State Bar of California.
Annie Beaman, Director of Advocacy & Outreach
Annie joined OCE in 2013 after spending several years working throughout the U.S. as an advocate for clean water, sustainable agriculture, and healthy ecosystems. She has been a lobbyist, legal analyst, community organizer, and researcher for non-profits including the Iowa Environmental Council, Clean Water Action, and the California Institute for Rural Studies.
Annie has focused on natural resource stewardship throughout her life, as she is a member of a multi-generational farming family that emphasizes regenerative land management practices.
Annie attended Grinnell College in Iowa and subsequently earned her J.D. with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was active in many campus and community groups including the Environmental Law Society, Consumer Law Clinic, Foreclosure Prevention Taskforce, National Lawyers Guild, and the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition.
She has been working with children and students as a coach, teacher, tutor, and special events leader for more than a decade.
Tiffany Schauer, Board President
Scott is a San Francisco-based management consultant specializing in start-up organizations and small non-profits. Prior to 2001, Scott led the Energy Services Practice for Proxicom, a leading Internet consulting firm. Scott was also the founder of IBIS Consulting, an information technology consulting firm that merged with Proxicom in 1998. His experience includes a deep understanding of start up ventures, vertical markets such as Energy and Finance and information technology. Scott started his career at the Bank of Boston as a commercial loan officer in the area of acquisition finance. Currently he is active in several philanthropic initiatives including serving as President of Courtney’s Foundation, a San Francisco-based foundation that focuses on funding unique approaches to solving environmental and human rights issues around the world. He has a M.S. in Information Systems and a B.S. in Information Systems.
Kyle is a graduate of Temple University, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus on Accounting. After business school, Kyle earned his CPA designation while working for nine years in public accounting. During his public accounting experience, not only did he specialize in for-profit businesses, he also became an expert in non-profit accounting in both 990 reporting and auditing. This non-profit experience has led him to serve as a board member and to be engaged in the day-to-day activities of the organizations he serves.
Alan Eggert possesses extensive experience and expertise within the financial sector. In addition to being well versed in all aspects of accounting and financial reporting, he has worked as a Senior Cost Engineer, Financial Analyst, and International Controller. Alan received his Bachelors Degree in Education from Kansas State University, and has since brought invaluable insight and compassion to all his endeavors. As a committed volunteer, he has been instrumental in facilitating positive change and understanding of key environmental issues through education. He believes the fate our planet is dependent upon the everyday actions we take as global citizens.
Susan Ross Robbins
Susan is currently serving on the OCE Board of Directors as the Volunteer Membership Coordinator. For the past 14 years she has worked for a vocational rehabilitation and litigation company where she has significant experience in counseling and legal processes. She graduated from San Diego State University in 1990 where she received a degree in Sociology and minored in Women’s Studies. As a mother and strong advocate for the environment, Susan is committed to ensuring a healthy and sustainable future. She understands how important it is to leave a clean earth for the next generation, since today’s children will become tomorrow’s leaders. In working with OCE, she has made it her goal to reach out to the community which she feels is the most valuable way to make an impact.
Christopher Sproul, Esq.
Chris is counsel with Environmental Advocates, a firm that specializes in public interest environmental law. He served as an Assistant Regional Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1987 to 2002. At the EPA, Chris concentrated primarily on enforcement actions, particularly under the Clean Water Act, but also under the Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. He holds a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. and B.A. in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Chris is a member of the California Bar and has been admitted to the federal district court in Hawaii.