The ELI Ocean Program Gulf Team
Jordan Diamond is a Staff Attorney and the Deputy Director of the Ocean Program at ELI. Born and raised in a small coastal town in Northern California, Jordan currently lives in Georgia. She specializes in ocean and coastal management, and her recent research has spanned a variety of marine issues, from integrated ocean management to coastal habitat restoration at international, national, and state levels. She received a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in earth and environmental sciences from Wesleyan University.
Teresa Chan is a Staff Attorney at ELI, where she works on a variety of domestic and international environmental law and policy issues. Teresa graduated from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada with a degree in environmental biology. After graduating, she moved to Hong Kong for a year to learn Chinese, and then returned to Canada to attend law school at the University of Toronto. Before coming to ELI, Teresa worked at a New York law firm for five years.
Kathryn Mengerink is a Senior Attorney and the Director of ELI’s Ocean Program. Growing up in East Texas gave her an appreciation of the Gulf and its challenges. At ELI, Kathryn’s work has recently focused on researching restoration settlements and expenditures; supporting the role of the Arctic people in regional ocean governance; and supporting the State of Hawaii’s development of a coral reef in-lieu fee mitigation program. In addition to her work at ELI, Kathryn teaches law and policy at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). She holds a PhD in marine biology from SIO, a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in zoology from Texas A&M University.
Jay Austin, Senior Attorney, has been at the Environmental Law Institute since 1992. He has worked extensively on the Institute's water and ocean projects, including studies of ecosystem-based management, coastal and marine spatial planning, wetland mitigation, nonpoint source pollution, and Western water issues. He graduated with honors from the University of Virginia School of Law, and and served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael Boudin in US District Court for the District of Columbia.
Ariana Spawn joined ELI as a Research Associate in 2011. She has worked on a range of coastal and marine management issues, including Large Marine Ecosystem governance in West Africa, marine spatial planning in the Eastern Caribbean, and decision support tools for ecosystem-based management in the US. Ariana hails from Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and received a BS in Human Biology from Brown University.
Meredith Wilensky joined ELI as a Law Fellow in 2012. In addition to her work focused on Gulf of Mexico restoration and recovery, she works on a range of environmental issues, including climate change policy.