Faculty Advisor Staff

Donna Downing


Faculty Advisor

Donna Downing is the Senior Legal Policy Advisor at the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM).  Prior to coming to ASWM in December 2020, Donna was a policy analyst and attorney at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and served as Jurisdiction Team Leader in EPA’s Office of Water for fifteen years. Donna works on a variety of issues, with a focus in recent years on which waters are protected by the Clean Water Act (CWA) in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Donna previously worked for the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment, and in private law practice. She has a BA from Harvard University magna cum laude, a MPP from the University of California at Berkeley, a JD from Georgetown University cum laude, and a LLM in Environmental Law summa cum laude from George Washington University. Donna teaches environmental law as an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School, and was awarded the Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award in 2012. In what’s left of her time, Donna moonlights as a professional potter and an unprofessional horse trainer.

Junior Faculty Advisor Staff

Donnelle Bodnarchuk


Junior Faculty Advisor

Donnelle Bodnarchuk is a rising junior at George Mason University majoring in History. Her goal is to pursue a career in the State Department working on international environmental policy and public outreach. Donnelle attended WYSE in 2016 and it was the best time of her high school career. In 2018 she returned to WYSE as a JFA for the Navy group and found the experience to be extraordinarily rewarding and amazing! She hopes to make this year’s WYSE as enjoyable and amazing as hers was and looks forward to meeting this year’s delegates!