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Vijaya Jammalamadaka and David Andreasen Join Board of Environmental Defense Center

January 14, 2019

Santa Barbara – The Environmental Defense Center (EDC) is proud to announce that both Vijaya Jammalamadaka and David Andreasen have joined the organization’s board of directors. Ms. Jammalamadaka is a retired environmental specialist with decades of experience in environmental policy and supporting local nonprofits. Mr. Andreasen is a lifetime resident of Santa Barbara and an attorney in private practice, specializing in criminal appeals. Both bring considerable experience from the public and nonprofit sectors and a deep commitment to protecting our local environment.

“Both Ms. Jammalamadaka and Mr. Andreasen bring significant legal, environmental, and nonprofit management skills to EDC,” said Executive Director, Owen Bailey. “These impressive leaders are a powerful and passionate addition to our board and will help fuel the organization’s work for years to come.”

Vijaya Jammalamadaka’s career includes experience working within Santa Barbara County and internationally as a planner and environmental specialist focusing on clean air and rare and endangered plants. Since long before her retirement, she has also served our community, working on more than a dozen boards and committees for important local nonprofits over the last two decades. In addition to EDC’s board, Ms. Jammalamadaka also currently serves several other organizations including the League of Women Voters and as a docent with the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

“I have a strong interest in protecting the environment, sustainability, and adapting and building resilient communities, said Ms. Jammalamadaka. “I have always admired the bold work EDC does to protect our environment and I look forward to bringing my knowledge and experience to help EDC protect our climate and community health at this critical time.”

David Andreasen is a graduate of Duke University’s School of Law and now runs a private practice focusing on criminal appeals, dedicated to helping people who have been unfairly convicted of crimes.  David has supported EDC and its work for a number of years in addition to being a longtime advocate for civil rights and access to legal services.

“Growing up in this area, I understand how critical it is to have an organization like EDC working to protect the Gaviota Coast and preserve open space to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy this beautiful place.” said Mr. Andreasen. “EDC has an incredible track record of success in standing up for our coast, and I am proud to join this winning team.”

Ms. Jammalamadaka and Mr. Andreasen will be joining the following members of the EDC Board of Directors: Judy Pirkowitsch (President), Dave Davis (Vice-President), Ms. Diane Wondolowski (Treasurer), Katy Allen (Secretary), Daniel Emmett, Richard Francis, Rocio Lozano-Knowlton, Jim Salzman, Leanne Schlinger, and Rob Tadlock.

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The Environmental Defense Center protects and enhances the local environment through education, advocacy, and legal action and works primarily within Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties. Since 1977, EDC has empowered community-based organizations to advance environmental protection. EDC’s focus areas include protection of the Santa Barbara Channel, ensuring clean water, preserving open space and wildlife, and addressing climate and energy.

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