Our Staff


Amy, 202-939-3246, streitwieser@eli.org
Amy Streitwieser, 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.

Taylor, 202-939-3810, lilley@eli.org
Taylor is a recent graduate of the University Of Maryland Francis King Carey School Of Law, where she received a certificate of concentration in environmental law. During her time at the University of Maryland, Taylor was awarded Best Oralist at the Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition and received the University of Maryland’s Public Service Award. Taylor has served as a legal contributor on an interdisciplinary team tasked with capacity building for an off-grid greywater treatment system in Palestine and worked with the University of Malawi Chancellor College of Law to further develop their Environmental Justice and Sustainability clinic. Prior to law school, Taylor worked with the American Bee Project in South Florida, developing relationships between landowners and beekeepers in an effort to promote the growth and sustainability of local bee colonies. Taylor also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Forest Resources and Conservation from the University of Florida, located in her home state.


Christina, 202-939-3860, libre@eli.org
Christina Libre joined the Environmental Law Institute as a Research Associate in August 2017. Her work at ELI includes, among other things, supporting the implementation of climate change adaptation measures abroad and providing guidance on indoor air quality issues to tenants in the United States. Prior to joining ELI, Christina explored the intersections of health concerns and the built environment through internships with the DC Department of Energy and Environment and the National Low Income Housing Coalition; conducted research on environmental justice in the coalfields of Central Appalachia; and successfully encouraged her university to pursue environmentally-sound investments. Christina is originally from Maryland and holds a B.A. from Georgetown University, where she studied Environmental Studies, Art History, and Spanish.