The ELI Ocean Program Gulf Team

Chan update

Senior Attorney
(202) 939-3848

Teresa Chan is a Senior Attorney at ELI, where she works on a variety of domestic and international environmental law and policy issues. This includes working for the past four 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.

Ocean Program
Senior Attorney
(202) 939-3825

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.

Senior Attorney
(202) 558-3103

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.

Staff Attorney

David Roche, Staff Attorney, 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.

Research Associate
(202) 939-3827

Elana Harrison joined ELI as a Research Associate in 2014. She has experience tracking state-level water and land use legislation, teaching city officials about energy efficiency and renewable energy issues as an EnergyCorps member in Northwest Arkansas, and working as a community organizer for several environmental nonprofits. She joins the Gulf team in its efforts to support Deepwater Horizon restoration and recovery. Harrison received a BA in International Relations from Hendrix College in 2013.