Sharon works with the Tropical Forest & Climate Initiative to reduce deforestation emissions related to land use, with a particular focus on palm oil. In this role, she leverages science and public opinion to help persuade companies and institutions to adopt significant, lasting and measurable sustainability policies related to tropical commodity supply chains. Previously Sharon drove forward grassroots efforts to secure a landmark endangered forest protection commitment from Boise and a climate change policy from Citi. Sharon is the author of The Young Activist’s Guide to Building a Green Movement and Changing the World and is passionate about nurturing leadership at the heart of movements for environmental sustainability. She holds a master of environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and a B.A. in anthropology and B.S. in conservation and resources studies from U.C. Berkeley. She is also a graduate of Green Corps, a fellowship for environmental organizing.
Kate Poole is a Senior Attorney* with NRDC’s Water and Wildlife team and litigation director of the Water Program. She served as lead counsel for NRDC in NRDC v. Kempthorne and PCFFA v. Gutierrez, which reformed the operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project to reduce their impacts on threatened and endangered fish. Ms. Poole also directs other litigation efforts for NRDC's Water Program, including efforts to restore the San Joaquin River and ensure that long-term contracts for the diversion and use of California's rivers comply with environmental and natural resource protection laws. Before coming to NRDC, Ms. Poole was a partner with the law firm of Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cardozo, and was of counsel at the Seattle office of Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund. Ms. Poole graduated from the University of Michigan with a magna cum laude Bachelor's degree in economics. She received a cum laude Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. *Admitted in California
Author of Celebritus Politicus: Neo-liberal Sustainabilities and the Terrains of Care. In: Fridell, G. and Konings, M. (eds.) Age of Icons: Exploring Philanthrocapitalism in the Contemporary World. Published by Toronto Press, Toronto.