The Environmental Defense Center is recruiting new staff | Good for Santa Barbara


Posted on May 10, 2021
| 3:51 p.m.

The Environmental Defense Center (EDC) added Rachel Kondor as a lawyer and Peter Jones as a lawyer.

Kondor is known to the community for having previously served as a District Representative for Congresswoman Lois Capps. Kondor developed the Capps Legislation to designate the Wild, Wild and Scenic Rivers, Carrizo Plain National Monument, and the Condor National Recreation Trail in the Los Padres National Forest.

Previously, she served as Senior Legislative Assistant for Environmental and Tribal Issues to Congressman Raúl Grijalva, staffing him with her post on the Natural Resources Committee and as Chair of the National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee. .

Kondor also has experience working on environmental policy as a lawyer and consultant for various non-profit organizations.

She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and received her Juris Doctor from Lewis and Clark Law School with a certificate in environmental and natural resources law. She has served on the boards of directors of environmental nonprofits including the California Wilderness Coalition, Sky Island Alliance and Natural Allies.

“We are very pleased that Rachel is joining the EDC team,” said Linda Krop, EDC chief counsel. “His background in federal environmental law and policy, in particular his interest in natural resources and public lands law, as well as his knowledge of local issues, will help EDC serve our customers and our community by protecting our environment, our communities and our communities. our climate. .

“Rachel is already bringing her skills to help EDC and our customers preserve Naples and protect wildlife from the risks of new oil and gas development.”

Jones received a BA in Physics and Mathematics from Alfred University in New York and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. While in law school, he was associate editor of the Journal of Constitutional Law at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jones also worked as a Summer Law Associate at the US Environmental Protection Agency and the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of Law.

After graduation, he received a Public Service Catalyst Fellowship. As a lawyer, Jones is an integral part of the EDC legal team. Until now, its primary focus has been to ensure proper enforcement of federal and state drinking water laws as they apply to onshore oil and gas operations.

“Peter brings strong legal and investigative skills to EDC,” said Krop. “His research has already identified additional opportunities to help ensure that oil and gas operations in our community do not pollute important watersheds and threaten water quality and wildlife.

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