About Us
Advisory Board
Internship, Law clerks, Jobs

Rebecca Smith, President

Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is a public interest attorney in Missoula, Montana specializing in public interest law for low-income clients in Montana and Idaho, including representing low-income or marginalized individuals and non-profit community groups in cases involving environmental protection, activist criminal defense, and police misconduct. Rebecca formerly served on the board of directors for the Buffalo Field Campaign.

Dana Johnson, Secretary

Dana Johnson
Dana is a public interest attorney in Moscow, ID with a legal practice focusing on federal environmental litigation in the Big Wild of the Northern Rockies and criminal defense. Dana offers litigation, education, and support services, including Legal Observer coordination, to regional non-profit groups and activists working in the fields of environmental and animal protection. She is committed to providing creative legal analysis and representation realizing that social and environmental justice often demand a firm challenge to the status quo.

Kerul Dyer

Kerul Dyer
Kerul is currently the Communications Director for the Klamath Riverkeeper, working with indigenous communities on water issues affecting Northern California and Southern Oregon. She is a recently retired Communications Director for Rainforest Action Network’s Energy and Finance Program. For over two decades, Kerul has worked with communities on the frontlines of environmental, social justice and humanitarian causes by providing strategic communications support. Her positions have ranged from co-founder and Communications Director of Common Ground Relief to Communications Director for the Environmental Protection Information Center. She studied investigative journalism at Southern Oregon University where she founded and directed SOU’s Media Center and edited a weekly newspaper. Kerul co-founded the Independent Media Center, a global network for citizen journalism and provides media trainings and support to grassroots activist networks across the US. She is a member of the International Journalists’ Network and Media Professionals Worldwide. Kerul lives on the Klamath River, California.

Amanda Sigler

Amanda Sigler
Amanda has a Master’s of Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Youngstown State University. She has assisted in the founding and development of several nonprofit organizations in Oregon and Ohio, as well as consulted on the topics of; board recruitment and development, capital campaign feasibility, fundraising basics, whole board fundraising and strategic planning. Her experience spans outreach, advocacy, event planning, program development, and fundraising. She has a passion for social justice, animal welfare and environmental causes. She continues to consult farm sanctuaries around the state of Oregon and is a current board member of the Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene, Oregon.

Mookie Moss

Mookie is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of The Bonfire Collective, an organization that uses the universality of agriculture to address international issues of social and environmental injustice and colonial inequality. As an organic farmer for the last twenty years, Mookie specialized in training the next generation of farmers and co-authored the Agricultural Reclamation Act which fought for family scale farms against the incursion of industrial agriculture. He was the President of Big Wildlife and led a campaign for cougar conservation in the State of Oregon. Mookie has organized behind the scenes and worked on the front lines throughout the Americas in the struggle against police brutality, economic imperialism, and the privatization of our natural resources. He can be found anywhere between his farm in the Little Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon and South Central Bolivia.

Joel Iboa

Joel is a son of immigrants and was born and raised in Eugene. He majored in sociology with a concentration in crime/delinquency from UO. Honing his skills in Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) as a student, Joel entered the environmental justice movement as the Environmental Justice and Community Outreach Manager for Beyond Toxics. Joel serves as a Human Rights Commissioner for the City of Eugene and as the youngest appointed Member for the Governors Environmental Justice Task Force. Recently he was hired to be Causa’s Coalition Coordinator. Causa is Oregon’s premiere Latino immigrants rights organization.

Sarah Alvarez

Sarah is from Florida, where she became passionate about the world in swamps, pine flats, and the Gulf of Mexico. She earned a dual degree in Environmental Science and International Relations for the University of Central Florida. She attends the University of Oregon School of Law where she served as the co-director for the National Lawyers Guild chapter, a fellow for the Food Resiliency Project at the Environmental and Natural Resources Center, and a volunteer law clerk for the CLDC. Sarah is based out of Southern Oregon where she currently works at the Josephine County Public Defender’s Office, representing low-income clients in criminal matters. She plans to continue her commitment to radical causes after graduation by working on government misconduct and activist defense cases. Sarah enjoys vegetarian cooking, birdwatching, and backpacking with her dog.

Cindy Cordova

California-born and Oregon raised, Cindy is currently in her senior year at the University of Oregon where she is a Diversity Excellence Scholar. She is majoring in Biological Anthropology with minors in Legal Studies, Biology, and Public Policy & Management. The oldest child of Mexican immigrants, Cindy was exposed to the importance of civil rights, equality and education early on. She has worked with several locally based education, art and health based nonprofits, and has experience working with community resource centers and harm reduction programs. She has 15 years of professional and personal experience working with differently-abled individuals including advocacy, vocational rehabilitation and inclusive education. She has worked for the CLDC in different capacities, ranging from intern to undergrad law clerk. Following graduation, Cindy is pursuing master’s degrees in public health and education.

Kiran Oommen

Kiran Oommen is a Malayali-American community organizer, gardener, and musician based in Seattle, WA. They first  connected with the CLDC at the first Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp as a teenager, going on from there to get involved in the radical environmental movement in the Pacific Northwest. The last couple years They have helped organize the camp, and interned at the CLDC in the summer of 2017. Kiran is a plaintiff on the Juliana vs. USA federal climate change lawsuit, and associates with a variety of other direct action groups in the Pacific Northwest. They do vocals for the ecofeminist powerviolence band Pickax, and was the primary songwriter/vocalist/mandolinist for the anarcho-folk punk group Geophagia. Kiran is a part of a collectively run DIY space in Seattle where they book punk shows and radical events.