Erika Lennon, Senior Attorney
Erika Lennon is a Senior Attorney in the Climate and Energy Program. Her work focuses primarily on the Green Climate Fund, UNFCCC, and climate liability.
Prior to joining CIEL, Erika was the Coordinator of the Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law (PICEL) at the American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL). In that role, she worked on numerous projects related to climate change, climate accountability, and the international climate regime with a focus on climate finance and the development of safeguards in the Green Climate Fund. This work included leading student contingents to several international climate negotiations. While PICEL Coordinator, Erika’s work primarily focused on strengthening environmental and social safeguards at international financial institutions. Additionally, she worked to ensure accountability and improve the independent accountability mechanisms at development finance institutions. Erika is also an Adjunct Professor at AUWCL where she teaches legal research and writing to international students pursuing their LL.M degree.
Prior to joining PICEL, she was a temporary staff attorney at Greenpeace US. Erika received her J.D. from AUWCL in 2008, where she focused on environmental law, was on the Senior Editorial Board of Sustainable Development Law & Policy (SDLP), externed at Greenpeace US, and was a student attorney in the general practice clinic, among other activities. During her externship at Greenpeace, Erika’s research focused on issues related to Arctic governance. Prior to law school, she was an AmeriCorps member and worked at the Alameda County Community Food Bank as the Hunger Education and Research Assistant in the Policy and Services Department. While there she helped conduct a county-wide hunger study, analyzed policies related to hunger and poverty, and engaged in outreach to ensure that people knew about available programs.
A native Californian, Erika graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in history and is a member of the State Bar of California.