Caryn Mandelbaum, Freshwater Program Director, Staff Attorney, Environment Now

As Director of the Freshwater Program, Caryn Mandelbaum oversees Environment Now’s program to protect surface and groundwater resources. To this end, Caryn uses a science-based advocacy strategy that reinforces public trust protections and maximizes water-use efficiency.

Prior to coming to Environment Now, Caryn’s expertise was formed at Turtle Island Restoration Network, where she served as co-counsel on fisheries litigation with the Center for Biological Diversity. Caryn also brings advocacy tools gained at Global Exchange and the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners where she worked with under-served communities on sustainable development projects. These tools were principally informed by models practiced in Latin America.

Caryn holds a J.D. from UCLA School of Law and a Master’s in Urban Planning from UCLA’s School of Public Affairs. While at UCLA, Caryn served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Chicano/Latino Law Review. She also co-founded the Sustainable Urban Network to provide community organizations with key academic research. Her Master’s thesis, entitled “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Coordinating Water Management and Development in Response to The Costa-Kuehl Act of 2002,” was published by the Pacific Institute.

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