Deputy Director, Wildlife Trade Initiative and Wildlife Advocate, Land & Wildlife 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 works with the members of NRDC’s Washington, D.C., office.