Senior Attorney, Water and Wildlife Project Director, Water program
In her 11 years with the Water program, Kate Poole has served as lead counsel in important cases such as NRDC v. Kempthorne and PCFFA v. Gutierrez, both of which helped reduce the impact of public-works projects in California on threatened and endangered species. Currently, she is working to restore the San Joaquin River and ensure that contracts for the use of California’s rivers comply with environmental laws. Before coming to NRDC, Poole was a partner in a law firm and counsel to the Seattle office of the Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School. She is based in San Francisco.