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Leslie Adler-Ivanbrook of EAC on the beach with coastal advocate interns (from left) Julian Durante, Eli Hanft and Rachel Mueller.

  The Environmental Action Committee of West Marin welcomed two legal and policy interns and three coastal advocate interns this summer.  Legal and policy advocates gain legal and policy experience to protect land, water and biodiversity.  Coastal advocates help protect California’s network of Marine Protected Areas. 

Coastal advocate Interns   

   Rachel Mueller,  a sophomore at Colgate University, majors in biology and double minors in global public and environmental health, and economics. She wants to pursue a career that combines global health and environmental conservation, especially relating to the world’s oceans and coasts. 

   Julian Durante, a sophomore at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, is pursuing a bachelor of science in environmental management and protection and is double minoring in GIS and Indigenous studies in natural resources. He looks forward to a meaningful career that combines his passions for climate sciences, environmental policy, spatial analysis, natural resources conservation and social justice. 

   Eli Hanft is a third-year undergraduate at UCLA pursuing a degree in marine biology.  Hanft loves to give back to his community, especially in regard to environmental advocacy, community science and nature education. He hopes to pursue a career in field science, studying marine ecosystems and helping to mitigate the effects of climate change on our oceans. 

   “I care deeply about the environment and am excited to contribute to an organization that has such a positive impact on our natural spaces. I am grateful for the opportunity to be working with like-minded individuals who appreciate nature and work to conserve it, and who seek to encourage others to treat our natural spaces with kindness and care,” Hanft said. 

   Internships are typically offered in the fall, spring and summer to high school, college and graduate students, as well as non-students seeking to learn more about our work and the environmental issues facing Marin County. To learn more about EAC’s internships, visit:


Legal and policy interns 

Allison Pritchard and Lauren Richards attend Berkeley Law School and University of California, Hastings College of the Law, respectively. Pritchard hopes to use her law degree to work at the intersection between science, law and policy – specifically as it pertains to wildlife habitat and biodiversity.

Legal and policy interns Allison Pritchard (left) and Lauren Richards (right) enjoy West Marin with Ashley Eagle-Gibbs of EAC

Her work with EAC focuses on the Healthy Tomales Bay, 30×30 and Safeguarding our Coast and Ocean campaigns. Richards is excited to take her science background and legal training to help benefit the people and ecosystems of West Marin, and her work with EAC focuses on the Planning for the Future and Protecting Public lands campaigns.



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