The ELI Ocean Program Gulf Team
Jordan Diamond is a Staff Attorney and the Co-Director of the Ocean Program at ELI. Born and raised in a small coastal town in Northern California, Jordan specializes in ocean and coastal management. Her recent research has spanned a variety of marine issues, from integrated ocean management to coastal habitat restoration at international, national, and state levels. In addition to her work at ELI, Jordan is also the Academic Coordinator for the Law of the Sea Institute at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB). She holds a law degree from UCB 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. This includes working for the past three years to support effective restoration and recovery in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Prior to joining ELI in 2009, Teresa worked as an associate in the New York office of Sidley Austin, and served as a law clerk for the judges of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. Teresa holds a JD from the University of Toronto and a BSc (Honours) with a subject of specialization in Environmental Biology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
Kathryn Mengerink is a Senior Attorney and the Co-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.
Senior Research Associate
Ariana Spawn joined ELI 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 currently lives in New Orleans, LA, where she focuses much of her time on Deepwater Horizon restoration and recovery. She received a BS in Human Biology from Brown University.
David Roche joined ELI as a public interest law fellow in 2013. David grew up on a tree farm in the Tidewater region of Maryland, where he spent summer days swimming in a Chesapeake Bay tributary. At ELI, David works primarily with the Ocean Program on regional ocean and coastal governance issues, with an emphasis on supporting coastal community health and resilience. He received a JD magna cum laude from Duke University, where he also earned an MA in environmental science from the Nicholas School for the Environment, and a BA in environmental science from Columbia University.