Executive Director Linda Sheehan brings 20 years of environmental law and policy experience to Earth Law Center. Most recently, Linda took action on behalf of California’s waterways and ocean habitats as Executive Director of the California Coastkeeper Alliance, where she represented California’s 12 Waterkeeper organizations on statewide issues. Prior to the Coastkeeper Alliance, Linda oversaw the Pacific Region Office of the Ocean Conservancy, where she advocated for clean coastal waters, healthy fish populations, and vibrant ocean habitats. Among other efforts, Linda successfully advanced federal and state legislation, policy and litigation initiatives to: increase enforcement of clean water laws, provide state water quality data to the public, curtail sewage spills, boost water monitoring, conserve designated marine parks, improve oil spill prevention and response, control marine invasive species, reduce polluted runoff discharges, expand implementation of sustainable water supply strategies, and create new funding sources to ensure healthy waters. For her efforts in “fight[ing] pollution of the Pacific and the streams and rivers that flow into it,” Linda was recognized as a “California Coastal Hero” by Sunset Magazine and the California Coastal Commission.
Linda holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering with a Concentration in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; an M.P.P. from the University of California, Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy, where she was named a Berkeley Policy Fellow; and a J.D. from the University of California's Boalt Hall School of Law. She is a Research Affiliate with the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and is a member of the Commission on Environmental Law in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Linda is also Summer Faculty at Vermont Law School, where she teaches Earth Law. She is a contributing author to Exploring Wild Law: The Philosophy of Earth Jurisprudence, published by Wakefield Press in 2011; Rule of Law for Nature, published by Cambridge University Press in 2013, and Wild Law in Practice, to be published by Routledge in 2014.
Outreach and Policy Coordinator Grant Wilson has worked to advance environmental law and policy campaigns in the United States and throughout the world. At Conservation Northwest in Bellingham, Washington, Grant advocated for the conservation of wild areas in the Pacific Northwest. As a law clerk, Grant attended the 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun to support the Pacific Small Island Developing States. He later traveled to Kenya, where he worked with local Samburu and Maasai communities to help shape the National Land Policy and 2010 Constitution of Kenya. Later, Grant advocated on behalf of the Environmental Management and Law Association in Budapest for environmental access rights and analyzed the connection between human rights and the environment. Most recently, as Deputy Director of Global Catastrophic Risk Institute, Grant advocated for greater attention to threats such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, ocean fertilization, and emerging technologies like bioengineering, and wrote articles for several prominent law journals on these topics. Grant earned a degree in Environmental Policy from Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University, and a J.D. with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.
Intern Madeleine S. Perkins has been working to advance environmental health in California and elsewhere for the past five years. She began with an internship with the San Jose Children’s Museum BioSITE program, teaching elementary school children how to test water quality in the Guadalupe River. She then moved to developing and implementing a water quality testing program in the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River in Idaho for the non-profit Marine Ventures Foundation. Ms. Perkins then interned for the California Coastkeeper Alliance, where she maintained their website content and conducted research; as well as for Food and Water Watch, where she conducted analysis for the 2012 Farm Bill, worked to establish an anti-hydrofracking campaign, and assisted with fundraising events. She is currently also interning with the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, where she writes content for the Association's "Sublegals" newsletter and maintains its website and social media. Ms. Perkins is in her third year of a double-major in Environmental Studies and Sociology at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, with a concentration in journalism.