College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Environmental Science & Policy

Ella Clarke (Environmental Economics, 2014) making a difference at EarthJustice

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Ella Clarke

Ella Clarke (Environmental Economics, Spanish double major, ’14) saw a chance to make a real difference by joining the workforce right after graduating from UMD. Hoping to dedicate her time to making the world a better place, Ella found that she was a great fit as a Development Assistant in the Donor Relations Department of environmental nonprofit EarthJustice, an environmental law organization headquartered in San Francisco, Califonia. Ella and her team are responsible for making sure the majority of EarthJustice’s 90,000 donors are happy, educated on their work, and feeling appreciated – she spends most of her time on the phone and writing emails about EarthJustice, the current administration, and the donation process. Some of EarthJustice’s current projects include representing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline and attempting to protect endangered salmon runs and orca populations by removing four dams on the lower Snake River.

ENSP in her own words:

“ENSP was the best program I could have ever asked for. It was small enough that the faculty was able to focus on individual student needs, the classes were incredible, and I loved the ability to choose a concentration that allowed me to take classes across departments and disciplines. Now that I’m out in the working world at an environmental law nonprofit, I’m positive that ENSP prepared me really well for this career and gave me the ability to think about environmental issues from many different points of view.”

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