Elly Pepper

Deputy Director, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Division, Nature Program

As a wildlife advocate for NRDC, Elly Pepper protects threatened and endangered species and their habitats by working to enact federal and state regulations and laws and by fighting back against harmful proposals regarding elephant ivory, the Endangered Species Act, and other issues. She also seeks enhanced international protections for pangolins, polar bears, elephants, and other wildlife through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES. She is a 2014 graduate of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders fellowship program. Before joining NRDC, she was a legal fellow for the Environmental Defense Fund’s Gulf Coast Restoration Program. She obtained her B.A. from Bowdoin College in 2005 and her J.D. from the University of Richmond Law School in 2010. She is based in NRDC’s Washington, D.C., office.

NRDC in Action

Facing Down the Ivory Sellers, Pangolin Poachers, and Giraffe Traders

Elly Pepper, deputy director of NRDC’s Wildlife Trade Initiative, says there’s much that U.S. advocates can do to end the illegal marketplaces endangering animals across the globe.