Marc Ross is the Founder and Executive Director of Rock the Earth. From 2002 through 2007, he served as both President and Executive Director, continuing on as its Board President through 2008-2010. Marc also Co-Chairs the Legal and Technical Committee.
Between 1998 and 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 his work in-house, Marc was an Associate in the Pittsburgh office of Reed Smith, counseling clients on a variety of environmental compliance and permitting issues in the areas of mining, air quality, wetlands, and natural gas. Before joining Reed Smith, Marc was Assistant Counsel in the Pennsylvania DEP Office of Chief Counsel's Southcentral Region Litigation Office. While at DEP, Marc represented the Department in matters related to mining, water quality and hazardous waste, litigating cases before the Environmental Hearing Board, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, the Courts of Common Pleas, the Pennsylvania Board of Claims and the U. S. District Bankruptcy Court. He is a former Council member of the Allegheny County Bar Association Environmental Section (1999-2002). Marc received his B.A. in 1990 from the Pennsylvania State University and his J.D. in 1993 from the Dickinson School of Law. Marc has spoken on corporate environmental practice at the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Annual Environmental Law Forum and has published articles in both the Dickinson Journal of Environmental Law and Policy as well as the Dickinson Journal of International Law. A frequent speaker and panelist on the intersection of music, sustainability and activism, Mr. Ross has curated and/or led discussions and panels at the South By Southwest Music Conference, the National Conference for Media Reform, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Summer Camp Music Festival, the Echo Project Festival, Arise Music Festival, Jam Cruise, and other events. In 2012, Marc obtained an Executive Certificate in Sustainability Leadership & Implementation from the Daniels College of Business of the University of Denver, in a course taught by L. Hunter Lovins and J. Scott McLagan. When not practicing law, Marc spends his time reading, engaged in outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, camping and canoeing, or chasing any number of bands across the country.