As Research and Policy Analyst, Abby Newman supports litigation and advocacy efforts throughout the California Regional office with a focus on challenging new fossil fuel infrastructure, supporting communities in protecting their health from polluting facilities, and advancing clean energy advocacy in the Gulf States.
Prior to joining Earthjustice, Abby was a California Sea Grant Science Policy Fellow at the State Lands Commission, where she was instrumental in crafting the Commission’s environmental justice policy and led statewide outreach with Tribal Nations and environmental justice communities. Abby headed the Commission’s AB 691 working group to assist ports, harbor districts, and local jurisdictions with developing their sea-level rise adaptation assessments. She was also critical to the Commission’s efforts of opposing BOEM’s 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas leasing program.
Abby holds a master’s degree in marine biodiversity and conservation from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. Her graduate research explored the use of a market-based incentive program to reduce Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated fishing in the Upper Gulf of California, Mexico. Abby has an appetite for working with highly political species, like the critically endangered vaquita, delta smelt, and coho salmon, and strives to find common ground between competing user groups.
Outside of work, Abby enjoys trail running, rock climbing, and backcountry ice skating.
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