Government Relations Associate
Areas of Expertise: Federal legislation relating to national forests, wildlife refuges and climate change adaptation; wildlife law; public lands protection and policy
Jenny is a member of the Government Relations team where she works on federal lands legislation with a particular focus on national forests and wildlife refuges. Her portfolio also includes climate change adaptation and policy solutions to safeguard wildlife in a warming world. Jenny works to advance Defenders’ legislative and administrative priorities before Congress and the administration, and to defend environmental laws from congressional meddling. She helps develop and lead legislative and advocacy campaigns, and represents Defenders’ interests in national issue-based coalitions.
Jenny earned her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School with a Certificate in Environmental & Natural Resources Law. She began her environmental career working on giant panda conservation in Chengdu, China, and has clerked for the International Environmental Law Project, the Humane Society of the United States and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Public Affairs with concentrations in Policy Analysis and Sustainable Development from Indiana University.