Baykeeper Staff

Sejal Choksi-Chugh, Executive Director and Baykeeper
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Sejal serves as Baykeeper's Executive Director and Baykeeper, providing strategic direction for Baykeeper's high-impact policy, science, and litigation programs to protect San Francisco Bay and leadership for all aspects of the organization’s operations. Since joining the team in 2002 as an Equal Justice Works legal fellow, Sejal served in several staff capacities including Program Director, spearheading the charge to reduce agricultural pollution, industrial runoff, sewage overflows, mercury contamination, and oil spills in the Bay. As the Baykeeper, she holds a permanent seat on the Waterkeeper Council of the Waterkeeper Alliance, the world's fastest-growing movement of grassroots organizations protecting clean water. In 2015 Sejal was honored with the UC Berkeley Ecology Law Quarterly's prestigious Environmental Leadership Award. Sejal holds a J.D. with a specialization in Environmental Law from the University of California at Berkeley, where she led the Boalt Hall Environmental Law Society. She graduated summa cum laude as a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar from Emory University with a B.S. in Anthropology and Human Biology.

Erica Maharg, Managing Attorney
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Erica joined Baykeeper in 2014 as our principal enforcement attorney, and she is now responsible for managing our active docket of high-impact water quality cases and for leading our legal team to investigate and prosecute cases through research, litigation, and settlement negotiations. Prior to joining Baykeeper, she represented environmental and community groups and government agencies in environmental and land use matters at the San Francisco law firm Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger. Erica also gained experience at the Environmental Protection Agency, Region IX, developing cases under several federal environmental statutes, including the Safe Drinking Water Act; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. Before law school, she was a community organizer with the Sierra Club in Oregon and Ohio. Erica received her J.D. with a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2009, graduating summa cum laude.  She also holds a B.A. in cultural anthropology and English literature from Duke University, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2003.

Ben Eichenberg, Staff Attorney
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Ben is Baykeeper’s principal enforcement attorney, responsible for prosecuting our active docket of high-impact water quality cases through research, litigation, and settlement negotiations. He joined Baykeeper in 2016 after several years in private practice at the Environmental Law Offices of Stephan C. Volker, representing environmental and community groups in civil litigation to protect endangered environmental resources. Ben received his J.D. from University of California Hastings College of the Law in 2009. While at Hastings, he also gained experience at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office and the Stanford Environmental Law Clinic. After law school, Ben was a Fulbright Scholar in Oslo, Norway, where he studied climate change regulation and received a master’s degree in Public International Law from the University of Oslo. Ben obtained his BA from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where he double majored in philosophy and psychology.

Nicole Sasaki, Staff Attorney
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Nicole prosecutes Baykeeper’s citizen suits through legal research, analysis and field investigation of pollution sources, and she monitors facility compliance with Baykeeper’s active Clean Water Act enforcement program. She joined Baykeeper in 2014 after graduating magna cum laude from Pace University School of Law. While in law school, Nicole gained practical experience at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic where she represented Hudson Riverkeeper, New York/New Jersey Baykeeper, and Waterkeeper Alliance. She also served as a law clerk for Hudson Riverkeeper and Earthjustice. Her work focused on protecting water quality in the New York City watershed and defending New York City public parkland under the Public Trust Doctrine. Nicole holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from UC Berkeley and a J.D. from Pace University School of Law with a Certificate in Environmental Law.

Jon Rosenfield, Senior Scientist
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Jon joined Baykeeper in 2019 as our Senior Scientist. He is responsible for integrating the best available science into Baykeeper policy positions and legal arguments to protect San Francisco Bay. Prior to joining Baykeeper, Jon worked for over 10 years protecting the Bay's endangered fishes and commercial fisheries as a conservation biologist with The Bay Institute. Jon has conducted scientific research and translated science for attorneys, policymakers, and the public since the early 1990s, when he first encountered San Francisco Bay and its watershed as a research associate for the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund (now Earthjustice). Jon earned his Ph.D. in biology from the University of New Mexico. He also holds a B.S. in Natural Resource Ecology from Cornell University and an M.S. in Resource Management and Conservation Biology from the University of Michigan.

Ian Wren, Staff Scientist
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Ian manages advocacy and research efforts, provides technical hydrology services on Baykeeper's enforcement actions, and regularly represents Baykeeper before regulators, municipalities, and technical committees. He serves as the Environmental Representative on the Technical Review Committee of the San Francisco Estuary Institute. Prior to joining Baykeeper, Ian spent six years in environmental consultancy as a Habitat Restoration Specialist in Southern California and a Hydrologist in London, UK. Ian has worked with a range of public, private and non-profit organizations in California, Europe and the Middle East and is experienced in issues surrounding urban water quality, coastal diffuse pollution, endangered species, wetland restoration and the use of low impact technologies to mitigate water quality impacts and flood risk. He studied biology and ecology at UC Berkeley, holds an M.S. in Hydrology and Sustainable Development from Imperial College, London and is a Certified Professional in Stormwater Quality (CPSWQ)/Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD).

Cole BurchielCole Burchiel, Field Investigator and Science Associate
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Cole supports our science team and leads Baykeeper’s pollution investigations by coordinating our boat and drone patrols, responding to Pollution Hotline reports, and strategic water quality testing. He manages our Baykeeper boat program and our volunteer skippers to investigate Bay pollution. He also serves as Baykeeper's point on vessel pollution advocacy, acting as our liaison to the Bay Area recreational and boater community, oil spill response agencies, and community activists. He works directly with Bay Area communities leading shoreline cleanups and coordinating volunteers to inspire stewardship around the Bay. Prior to joining Baykeeper, Cole conducted scientific research in a variety of fields, including agricultural watershed runoff and explosive silicic volcanism. He is NREMT certified and holds degrees in Geology and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College.

Kayla KarimiKayla Karimi, Legal Fellow
Kayla supports Baykeeper's attorneys as a Legal Fellow, aiding in their active prosecution of high-impact cases to defend SF Bay. Kayla is a recent graduate of UCLA School of Law and was a law clerk with Baykeeper in the summer of 2018. Kayla specialized in environmental law at UCLA and was the Secretary of the Environmental Law Society, as well as an Editor for the Journal on Environmental Law and Policy. She also clerked with Earthjustice and worked with UCLA’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment's Environmental Law Clinic, where she gained experience with California’s environmental laws involving water, energy, and takings. Kayla holds a B.A in Political Science from UCLA.

Eliet Henderson, Development Director
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Eliet Henderson directs Baykeeper's development and communication efforts, managing supporter outreach, funder relationships, online communications, publications, and events. She first joined Baykeeper in 2007. She previously worked in communications on a statewide initiative campaign and as an events coordinator and program assistant at Equal Justice Works in Washington, D.C. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in sociology.

Judy MacLean, Staff Writer
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Judy writes Baykeeper’s communications, including newsletters, website content, annual report, social media, and funder communications. Judy joined Baykeeper in 2011. She has over 20 years experience writing for environmental, health, and social justice nonprofit organizations, as well as experience as a journalist, author, and editor. She holds a B.A. in philosophy from Rice University. Photo by Bart Quigley

Jeremy Nelson, Finance and Administration Director
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Jeremy manages Baykeeper's finance, human resources, and administration functions, providing expertise on industry best-practice in these areas. He has an extensive background in the environmental and human rights fields. Prior to joining Baykeeper in 2013, Jeremy served as interim Director of Finance, HR, and Operations at Rainforest Action Network and Operations Director at International Accountability Project. He also has program experience at various advocacy organizations, including Amnesty International. Jeremy holds an M. Phil in Social and Economic History from the University of Oxford and a B.A. in International Political Economy from Whitworth University. He is a certified human resources professional (PHR) and a graphic designer.

Fiona BakerFiona Baker, Communications Associate
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Fiona creates content for Baykeeper’s website, e-newsletter, social media, print materials, and other communications to showcase Baykeeper’s achievements protecting San Francisco Bay. She joined Baykeeper in 2016 after working as an information officer for the US Agency for International Development’s humanitarian and disaster response office in Washington, D.C. Fiona holds a B.A. in Literature from UC Berkeley and an M.A. in International Policy from Middlebury College.


Lea PfefferLéa Pfeffer, Development Associate
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Léa supports Baykeeper's development efforts, coordinates event production, and manages the organization's database. Prior to joining Baykeeper, Léa worked for non-profits both in Grand-Bois, Haiti and in Quito, Ecuador. Her interest in environmental work guided her master’s thesis where she analyzed the spheres of decision making within climate change negotiations. She conducted her field work by participating at the COP 21 (Conference of the Parties) in Paris and was published for a policy paper that evaluated the participation of the Gulf Cooperation Council at the COP 21. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA and an M.A. in International Relations from the Paris Institute of Political Studies.