Patrick Lavin

Alaska Representative

Areas of Expertise: Environmental and natural resources law and policy; federal and state administrative and legislative advocacy; federal land planning; campaign management; renewable energy and energy efficiency policy.

Pat joined Defenders in 2016 and leads our work on the Chugach and Tongass National Forests as well as our National Wildlife Refuge work in Alaska. 

Pat has over twenty years of conservation experience in Alaska, including five years as a practicing attorney for Trustees of Alaska and another twelve years with the National Wildlife Federation focusing on federal land policy and planning, legislative and administrative advocacy, and campaign management. He has helped protect wildlife values and wilderness qualities on key federal lands in Alaska, including the Chugach National Forest, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska. Over the years, Pat engaged Prince William Sound communities in a successful challenge to a proposed floating convenience store in a wilderness study area; worked with commercial fishermen to overturn a state decision to lease lands for oil and gas development in prime Copper River salmon fishing grounds; and partnered with renewable energy companies and advocates to secure passage of new state regulations promoting clean energy development. Pat also served as the Alaska state lead for the conservation community’s national effort to support the passage of federal climate change legislation from 2008-2010. 

Pat holds a J.D. with a Certificate of Completion in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from the University of Oregon and a B.S. in Professional Accounting.