Over her career, Linda has worked at the local to global levels to advance science-based law and policy solutions to socio-ecological challenges. She has also researched the significance of shifting our assumptions about the relationship between humans and the natural world. From this research she has offered written scholarship describing our shared responsibility to protect both human rights and nature’s rights, and offered practical, rights-based solutions that advance thriving human-nature relationships.

Organizations

  • Environment Now, Executive Director 
  • Linda Sheehan Consulting, President
  • Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Senior Counsel and Executive Director, LDF Planet Pledge Initiative
  • Earth Law Center, Executive Director and Co-Founder
  • California Coastkeeper Alliance, Executive Director
  • Ocean Conservancy, Pacific Region Director
  • Vermont Law School, Summer Professor
  • California Institute of Integral Studies, Lecturer
  • Alameda County Local Agency Formation Commission, Commissioner

Affiliations, Awards, and Appointments

  • Active Member of the California Bar
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Member
  • “California Coastal Hero,” awarded by the California Coastal Commission and Sunset Magazine
  • “Excellence in Water Leadership,” awarded by the Association of California Water Agencies
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature, World Commission on Environmental Law
  • United Nations Harmony with Nature Program, Knowledge Network Expert
  • Global Ocean Observing System Steering Committee, Vice-Chair
  • Department of Interior, National Invasive Species Advisory Committee
  • Coast Guard, Incident Specific Preparedness Review Team, Cosco Busan Oil Spill, Public Representative
  • Cal-EPA and California Natural Resources Agency, California Water Quality Monitoring Council
  • California State Water Resources Control Board, Storm Water Advisory Task Force
  • California State Water Resources Control Board, Recycled Water Policy Drafting Group
  • California AB 982 Public Advisory Group on Impaired Waters, Co-Chair
  • California Marine Life Protection Act, Statewide Interests Group
  • California Oil Spill Prevention and Response Technical Advisory Committee, Public Representative
  • New Economy Law Center, Vermont Law School, Fellow
  • University of Victoria, Centre for Global Studies, Visiting Research Fellow
  • University of Victoria, POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, Research Affiliate
  • Mesa Refuge, Writing Residency
  • Proof of Impact, Advisory Board (blockchain-based impact investment accountability)
  • Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, Advisory Board