Damon Nagami is a senior attorney and director of NRDC’s Southern California Ecosystems Project, which focuses on oil and gas policy and advocacy, increasing equitable access to nature for low-income communities of color, and protecting open space and wildlife habitat across Southern California. His work includes protecting communities and the environment from the impacts of oil production in Los Angeles County and throughout California, identifying how California’s executive order on 30x30 will help the state’s goals to protect nature and promote equity, and working to revitalize the Los Angeles River without displacing existing communities. Prior to joining NRDC, Nagami practiced environmental law in Los Angeles, specializing in contaminated property litigation, Clean Air Act compliance, and litigation under various environmental laws, including CERCLA and the Clean Water Act. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law. He is based in NRDC’s Santa Monica office.
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