On January 1, 2022, Jordan Diamond became the sixth President of ELI. Previously, Jordan was the Executive Director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, a center that designs and develops pragmatic policy solutions to environmental and energy issues, where she helped grow the team and research portfolio and helped launch initiatives including GrizzlyCorps and the California-China Climate Institute. Recognized for her work on marine policy, Jordan also co-directed the Law of the Sea Institute at UC Berkeley, and in 2018 she was appointed by former California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr to serve on the California Ocean Protection Council. Prior to Berkeley, Jordan was a Staff Attorney here at ELI, where she worked on federal energy, disaster response and restoration, and Arctic policies.
Throughout her career, Jordan has focused on ensuring environmental governance is based on the best information available, developed through inclusive and transparent processes, and implemented through adaptive and accountable systems. She holds a a JD with a certificate of specialization in environmental law from UC Berkeley School of Law, where she was the managing editor of Ecology Law Quarterly, and a BA with departmental honors in earth and environmental sciences from Wesleyan University, where she was awarded the Sease Prize for outstanding work in her discipline. She has been recognized in the field of environmental law through the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Distinguished Environmental Advocates: The Next Generation award and ELI’s own Environmental Futures Award.