EDC Staff

  owen bailey Owen Bailey, Executive Director. Owen joined EDC in 2013 after almost ten years at Sierra Club, where he was initially focused on community and media outreach and grassroots organizing for their California coastal campaign. It was here that he first worked alongside EDC on the successful effort to prevent construction of a Liquefied Natural Gas terminal in the Santa Barbara Channel. Owen then went on to develop and manage Sierra Club’s entertainment industry outreach program on the way to becoming Director of Advancement overseeing eight Southwestern states. Along the way, Owen has also been involved in several political campaigns, most recently serving as Director of Surrogate Operations for Senator Boxer’s 2010 reelection effort.

Kristi Birney, Marine Conservation Analyst. Kristi works on emerging ocean and marine issues such as ocean acidification, marine protected areas, whales and shipping, offshore energy projects, and marine wildlife protection. Kristi represents the conservation community on the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) and leads the Conservation Working Group, which provides scientifically-based analysis and recommendations to the SAC and seeks to build partnerships to address the many challenges facing our ocean. As a long-time resident of the area, Kristi is an avid water person spending her free time surfing and taking long stand-up paddle board excursions along the coast. Kristi holds a Masters in Environmental Science and Management from UCSB’s Donald Bren School and a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology from Hawaii Pacific University. Before joining EDC in 2009, she worked for California State Parks as an Environmental Scientist.

  Nicole Di Camillo

Nicole Di Camillo, Staff Attorney. Nicole joined EDC as a staff attorney in 2014. Passionate about environmental protection and conservation, she decided to pursue a career in environmental law following her work addressing the impacts of environmental stressors on aquatic organisms and their environment. She graduated from Indiana University with degrees in biology and psychology, and graduated from UCLA School of Law, where she was a senior editor on UCLA’s Journal of Environmental Law and Policy. Following law school she participated in an international environmental law program in Costa Rica, working on protection of artisanal fishing communities and coastal and natural resources. Nicole most recently worked as an attorney at a small law firm in northern California, practicing in the areas of environmental and natural resource protection, land use and governmental law.

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Maggie Hall, Staff Attorney. Maggie joins EDC with a background in environmental law and advocacy. Most recently, she was the law fellow at Los Angeles Waterkeeper. She has also worked as a law clerk at the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, Earthjustice, and Earthrise Law Center. Maggie holds a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School with a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and a B.A. from New York University.  During law school, Maggie argued before Chief Justice John Roberts as a finalist in Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Advocate of the Year Competition. She was also a member of the first place team in the National Animal Law Moot Court Competition and a finalist in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. In addition, Maggie recently co-authored, with Prof. Michael Blumm, an article on Ninth Circuit environmental and administrative law, which is published in the Natural Resources Journal. In her free time, Maggie enjoys trail running, backpacking, yoga, and playing guitar.

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Linda Krop, Chief Counsel. Linda has worked at EDC as a staff attorney since 1989 and as Chief Counsel since 1999.  Her main focus has been on open space protection, coastal preservation and beach access, marine issues, and offshore oil and gas development.  Linda represents the conservation community on the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council and teaches at the University of California at Santa Barbara. 

Linda has received the Sierra Club Award of Appreciation for Outstanding Achievement, U.S. Senator Boxer's Conservation Champion Award, Environment Now Wells Family Award, League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara Achievement Award, Citizens Planning Association Community Services Award and Environmental Leadership Award, Jim Ryerson Environmental Award, UCSB Environmental Studies Community Services Award, Coastal Protection Award, and Santa Barbara Independent Local Hero Award.  Linda earned a bachelors degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a law degree from the Santa Barbara College of Law.

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Beth Pitton-August, Development Director. Beth joined EDC in 2013 after working with a variety of non-profits in the Santa Barbara area and beyond, as an independent consultant, and before that at Direct Relief International for 11 years. As a member of the League of Women Voters, Beth has joined EDC as a volunteer advocate for protecting open space and watersheds, and protecting against damaging natural resource exploitation. Beth holds a Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from DePaul University.


Brian Segee, Senior Attorney. Brian Segee, Senior Attorney. Brian has more than 17 years of experience in environmental law. In addition to his experience litigating in both federal and state courts, Brian has a track record of success advocating before administrative agencies at the federal, state, and local level. He has lobbied on conservation policy and legislative matters before the U.S. Congress, and coordinates EDC’s monitoring and advocacy efforts in the California legislature.

Prior to joining EDC in 2009, Brian worked as a Staff Attorney with Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, D.C., and as the Southwest Public Lands Director for the Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson, Arizona. Brian currently serves on the Board of Directors for FracTracker Alliance, and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Wilderness Coalition. Brian earned a Bachelor of Arts from U.C. San Diego in Political Science and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado School of Law.

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Brian Trautwein, Environmental Analyst/Watershed Program Coordinator. Brian has been with EDC since 1997, serving as our Environmental Analyst merging science and policy to strengthen EDC cases.  A Santa Barbara native, Brian graduated from UCSB’s Environmental Studies Department in 1990, founded and directed the Santa Barbara Urban Creeks Council, and specializes in water and habitat policies, creek restoration and steelhead recovery efforts.  Brian is an avid back country enthusiast.  You are likely to see him on a trail or testifying before a government body to preserve open space.
  Betsy Weber, Communications Director.  Betsy joined EDC in 2007 after working at the Wyoming Wilderness Association to protect and expand federal Wilderness Areas in her home state.  She serves as the interface between EDC and the public by coordinating community outreach and education initiatives, along with EDC's array of public, media, and online communications.  Betsy also conducts operations administration and event planning.  She earned her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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