State Director, Environment California

Started on staff: 2002
UC Davis 1997-2001
Laura directs Environment California’s work to tackle global warming, protect the ocean, and stand up for clean air, clean water and open spaces. Laura served on the Environment California board for two years before stepping into the state director role. Most recently, she directed the public health program for CALPIRG, another organization in The Public Interest Network, where she led campaigns to get lead out of school drinking water and toxic chemicals out of cosmetics. Prior to that, Laura ran Environment California citizen outreach offices across the state and, as the Environment California field director, she led campaigns to get California to go solar, ban single use plastic grocery bags, and go 100 percent renewable. Laura lives with her family in Richmond, California, where she enjoys hiking, yoga and baking.

Posts by Laura Deehan
Save sea otters, protect the ocean
Sea otter UC Davis


Save sea otters, protect the ocean

California's sea otters face threats from plastic pollution to climate change and disease. One way to save sea otters is to protect their habitat, the beautiful kelp forests they call home. We are working to protect more of California's kelp forests so that sea otters can thrive once again off our coastline.

Update: Defending our Marine Protected Areas

Protect Our Oceans

Update: Defending our Marine Protected Areas

Rachel Lucine, Environment California's ocean conservation campaign associate and other Environment California staff, joined forces with CALPIRG students, Azul and NRDC to advocate for strengthening and expanding California's Marine Protected Areas at the most recent Fish and Game Commission meeting.

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