Our Staff


Amy, 202-939-3246, reed@eli.org
Amy Reed, Staff Attorney, first joined ELI as a law clerk in 2012. She works primarily on domestic law and policy projects, including a variety of water and ocean issues. Amy, who grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida, joined the Gulf of Mexico team in 2016. Prior to joining ELI, Amy served as a Law Clerk for Ventura Coastkeeper in California, and spent time in Ecuador working on an international campaign to clean up oil pollution in the Amazon basin. Amy holds a JD from UCLA School of Law and a BA (magna cum laude) in Spanish Studies from Duke University.


Jay, 202-558-3103, austin@eli.org
Jay Austin is a Senior Attorney at ELI, where 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.

Sofia, 202-939-3824, yazykova@eli.org
Sofia is a Staff Attorney at ELI. She has worked on projects related to climate change adaptation, environmental displacement and environmental migration, ocean resource management, marine spatial planning, marine protected areas, and marine litter. Sofia is particularly interested in how legal codes can be changed to incorporate considerations of climate change. She holds a JD from Vermont Law School and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

Lovinia Reynolds, (202) 939-3837, Reynolds@eli.org

Lovinia joined ELI in September 2017. In her previous position as a Research Associate at ELI, her work focused on incorporating social impacts into fishery decision-making, and understanding sustainability decision-making at wastewater utilities. As a Policy Analyst and Environmental Justice Coordinator, Lovinia is particularly interested in how environmental decision-making can redress environmental injustice and promote environmental equity.  Lovinia received her Bachelors of Science with Honors from Brown University and was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. 

Stephanie Oehler, (202) 939-3845, oehler@eli.org

Stephanie recently graduated from UCLA School of Law, where she received her J.D. with specializations in Environmental Law and Public Interest Law and Policy. During law school, Stephanie interned at the California Coastal Commission, Earthjustice, and with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Environmental Justice Unit.  Prior to law school, Stephanie worked as a Programs Assistant for the Sustainability and Environmental Science programs at DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia in Copenhagen, Denmark. She received her B.A. in Environment, Economics, and Politics from Claremont McKenna College.

Anna Beeman, 202-939-3814, beeman@eli.org

Anna Beeman joined the Environmental Law Institute as a Research Associate in July 2018. At ELI, Anna supports research in various areas of environmental law and policy, including Gulf of Mexico restoration and recovery.  Anna graduated from Vassar College, where she holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a focus in Earth Science and Economics.