Marc A. Ross

Founder and Executive Director of Rock the Earth

Marc Ross is the founder and executive director of Rock the Earth, a national environmental advocacy organization that works closely with the music industry.

Between 1998-2004, Marc was one of four in-house environmental attorneys at Alcoa Inc., serving as the company's primary water counsel and counseling the company on a wide variety of national and international environmental compliance, permitting and remediation issues. Prior to that, Marc was assistant counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel's Southcentral Region Litigation Office at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. While at DEP, Marc represented the Department in matters related to mining, water quality and hazardous waste.

Marc has spoken on the intersection of artists and activists at the South by Southwest Music Conferences (2008-2010). He has led panel discussions and interviews on the same subject at numerous festivals, and has done so annually at the Bonnaroo Music Festival since 2006. He has also spoken on corporate environmental practice at the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Annual Environmental Law Forum.

Marc received his B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and his J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law. In 2012, Marc obtained an executive certificate in sustainability leadership and implementation from the Daniels College of Business of the University of Denver. From 1999-2002, he served as a council member of the Allegheny County Bar Association Environmental Section.

When not practicing law, Marc spends his time reading, engaged in outdoor activities like hiking, camping and canoeing, or chasing any number of bands across the country.

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People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good