Director, Climate Law Institute, Center for Biological Diversity
Kassie Siegel is senior counsel and director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute. The Center is a non-profit membership organization which combines conservation biology with litigation, policy advocacy, and an innovative strategic vision in working to secure a future for animals and plants hovering on the brink of extinction, for the wild areas they need to survive, and by extension for the physical, spiritual, and cultural welfare of generations to come.
Siegel develops and implements campaigns to spur the transition to a clean energy future, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution from fossil fuels, and to protect biological diversity and human health and welfare. She coordinates the Center’s advocacy on fracking and has litigated numerous cases under statutes including the California Environmental Quality Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and other state and federal laws. She was named one of the ten most influential California lawyers of the decade by the Daily Journal in 2010 for her work on global warming and endangered species protection, and a 2007 California Lawyer Magazine “California Lawyer Attorney of the Year” for environmental law. Siegel is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Law.