Elly Pepper, as a Wildlife and Legislative Advocate for the Natural Resources Defense Council, lobbies for pro-environmental policies at the federal level on a variety of issues, including wildlife, offshore drilling, and public lands. Additionally, as part of her wildlife portfolio, she works to achieve international protections for wildlife under the Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species (CITES). In this capacity, she is currently involved in NRDC’s campaign to ban the international commercial trade in polar bear parts.
Prior to joining NRDC, Elly worked on Gulf coast restoration at the Environmental Defense Fund. Before law school, she cared for and rehabilitated injured wild animals and taught wildlife ecology to students, veterans, and others at the Chewonki Foundation in her home state of Maine. Elly received her B.A. from Bowdoin College and her J.D. from the University of Richmond.