Sam Sankar is Earthjustice’s Senior Vice President for Programs. He leads Earthjustice’s Program Leadership Team, which develops and oversees our overall strategy and coordinates 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 an engineer at Superfund sites, a line attorney at the Justice Department, a senior executive at General Electric, and counsel to the presidential commission that investigated the Deepwater Horizon spill. He has also worked as a boat captain, machinist, and senior advisor to The Nature Conservancy.
Sam has environmental engineering degrees from Cornell and Stanford. He went to Berkeley Law and clerked for Judge Willy Fletcher and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. He was also privileged to serve as a law clerk to Judge Louis Pollak of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health, to preserve magnificent places and wildlife, to advance clean energy, and to combat climate change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.