Owen joined EDC in 2013 after almost ten years at Sierra Club, where he was initially focused on community and media outreach and grassroots organizing for their California coastal campaign. Here he worked alongside EDC on the successful campaign against a proposed Liquefied Natural Gas terminal in the Santa Barbara Channel. Owen then went on to develop and manage Sierra Club’s entertainment industry outreach program on the way to becoming Director of Advancement overseeing eight Southwestern states. Owen has also been involved in several political campaigns, including serving as Director of Surrogate Operations for Senator Boxer’s 2010 reelection effort.
Marine Conservation Program Director
Kristen joins EDC with experience as a California Sea Grant Fellow for the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, coastal program analyst for the California Coastal Commission, and consulting researcher for Seafood Watch. Kristen earned her B.A. in geography from UCSB and her Master of Environmental Science and Management (M.E.S.M.), with emphasis in coastal and marine resources management, from the Bren School at UCSB. While studying at the Bren School, Kristen worked for EDC as an environmental advocacy intern, conducting research on the environmental impacts of oil rigs in the Santa Barbara Channel. Kristen enjoys hiking Santa Barbara trails, paddling along our coast, and exploring the Channel Islands.
Before joining EDC, Maggie worked at Los Angeles Waterkeeper and was a law clerk at the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, Earthjustice, and Earthrise Law Center. She holds a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School and a B.A. from New York University. During law school, Maggie argued before Chief Justice John Roberts in the Advocate of the Year Competition, and was a member of the first place team in a national moot court competition. She has also co-authored an article in the Natural Resources Journal on Ninth Circuit administrative law. In her free time, Maggie enjoys stand up paddle boarding, hiking, travel, and yoga.
Linda has worked at EDC as a staff attorney since 1989 and as Chief Counsel since 1999. Linda’s specialties include fighting offshore oil and gas development, protecting natural resources, and preserving open space lands. Linda’s successes include the unprecedented termination of 40 federal oil and gas leases offshore California, defeat of several specific oil drilling projects, and preservation of important areas for public access and ecological protection, including Hearst Ranch, Ellwood, Carpinteria Bluffs and Sedgwick Ranch. Linda represented the conservation community on the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council from 1998-2013, and teaches Environmental Law at UCSB.
Chloe joined EDC as the Administrative and Development Assistant in 2015 shortly after moving to Santa Barbara. Born and raised in Jamaica, Chloe has seen environmental management at its worst and from a young age always wanted to do something that would make a difference. She attended Chapman University where she graduated with a B.S in Environmental Science and Policy. While at Chapman Chloe worked as a Civic Engagement Assistant providing environmental outreach and has had internships with Jamaica Environment Trust, a nonprofit organization. She is excited to take all that she has learned and apply it to her work at EDC. Chloe loves being outdoors; hiking, running and, especially the beach.
Beth joined EDC in 2013 after working with a variety of non-profits in the Santa Barbara area and beyond, as an independent consultant, and before that at Direct Relief International for 11 years. As a member of the League of Women Voters, Beth has joined EDC as a volunteer advocate for protecting open space and watersheds, and protecting against damaging natural resource exploitation. Beth holds a Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from DePaul University. Having relocated to Santa Barbara from Chicago in 1999, Beth and her husband particularly enjoy hiking the many trails in our area and taking in the abundant sunshine, clean air, and beautiful terrain – as opposed to the grey skies and concrete of city life.
Brian has been a public interest environmental attorney since 1997. In addition to his experience litigating in federal and state courts, Brian has successfully advocated before administrative agencies at the federal, state, and local level, and lobbied before the U.S. Congress and California legislature. Prior to joining EDC in 2009, Brian worked with Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, D.C., and the Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson, Arizona. Brian currently serves on the Board of Directors for FracTracker Alliance. Brian earned a B.A. from U.C. San Diego in Political Science and his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law.
Environmental Analyst & Watershed Program Director
Brian grew up in Goleta beginning in 1970, attended local schools including UCSB, graduated with High Honors in 1990 and earned various accolades including the Environmental Studies Department’s first Outstanding Alumni Award. Brian founded the Santa Barbara Urban Creeks Council in 1987 and served as the group’s Executive Director until 1997. Brian received the statewide Outstanding Organizer Award after increasing the Council’s membership from 150 to 3,000 in one year. A stream restoration manager and biologist, he was named California Trout’s Streamkeeper. Brian has twice been recognized as a Santa Barbara Independent Local Hero before beginning his tenure at EDC.
Betsy joined EDC in 2007 after working at the Wyoming Wilderness Association to protect and expand federal Wilderness Areas in her home state. She serves as the interface between EDC and the public by coordinating community outreach and education initiatives, along with EDC’s array of public, media, and online communications. Betsy also conducts operations administration and event planning. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.