Our Staff

Chan update

Teresa, 202-939-3848, chan@eli.org
Teresa Chan is a Senior Attorney at ELI, where she has worked on a variety of domestic and international environmental law and policy issues. This includes working for the past six 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.


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.


David, 202-939-3804, roche@eli.org
David Roche is a Staff Attorney at ELI, where he works primarily with the Ocean Program on regional ocean and coastal governance issues, with an emphasis on supporting coastal community health and resilience. His Gulf work centers on developing interactive tools and other resources to enhance transparency, accountability, and public participation. 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.


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.


Azi, 202-939-3255, akpan@eli.org
Azi Akpan started working as a Research Associate at ELI in July 2016. Her work at ELI involves supporting restoration and recovery in the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to joining ELI, Azi was a Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Summer Research Fellow at Oceana’s California Campaign Office, as well as a Research Assistant for Cornell University’s Department of Policy Analysis and Management. Azi earned a B.S. in Science of Earth Systems and Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University College of Engineering, with minors in Climate Change, Inequality Studies, and Law & Society.