Jessica graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Anthropology and concentrations in Geology and Environmental Studies. She worked for a nonprofit land trust in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina committed to conserving land to benefit people and the environment before moving to Santa Barbara in 2012. Jessica joined EDC in 2019 after working in a variety of industries including green construction and wealth management but is excited to get back to her roots in nonprofit. She is committed to educating the public about climate change and protecting our environment.
Senior Director, Marine Program
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.
Rachel joined EDC in 2021. After working for environmental advocacy organizations in Arizona, Rachel spent more than a decade working for federal lawmakers, as senior legislative assistant on environmental and tribal matters to Congressman Raúl Grijalva, and later as a local representative of Congresswoman Lois Capps. She has served on the boards of several environmental non-profits, including the California Wilderness Coalition, and Natural Allies. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and her Juris Doctor from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. Rachel is an active and dedicated volunteer on political campaigns, from local to national races, and everything in between.
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.
Pearl has managed EDC’s finances since 2015. Pearl has provided bookkeeping services for many nonprofits and local businesses in the Santa Barbara area. When she is not at work you will find her with her two golden retrievers at the dog park or on the beach.
After graduating from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, Alicia served on EDC’s Board of Directors in 2002 while she was an attorney at Cappello and Noel, LLP. She later joined EDC’s legal team and specializes in protecting ocean and coastal resources, open space, water quality, and fighting oil and gas development impacting environmental justice communities. Alicia’s successes include the denial of offshore LNG, the unprecedented defeat of PCEC’s cyclic steam oil project, the rejection of Phillips 66 oil train lawsuit, and the denial of the Puente power plant. Alicia is published in the Animal Law Journal and Santa Barbara Lawyer magazine.
Senior 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.