Sam Sankar joined Earthjustice in 2019 as Senior Vice President for Programs. He is responsible for developing and overseeing the overall strategy and effectiveness of our programs and coordinating the work of our Litigation, Communications, and Policy and Legislation departments.
Sam has been working on environmental issues throughout his career, which has included service as a staff attorney at the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, as a senior executive at General Electric, and as deputy chief counsel of a presidential commission formed to investigate the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He has also worked as a boat captain, machinist, and senior advisor to The Nature Conservancy.
Sam received his B.S. in civil engineering from Cornell University, an M.S. in environmental engineering from Stanford University, and his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. After law school, he clerked for Judge William Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit, Judge Louis Pollak of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court. He lives in Washington D.C. with his wife and two children.
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