Maya Golden-Krasner

Senior Attorney and Deputy Director of the Climate Law Institute, Center for Biological Diversity

Maya Golden-Krasner is a senior attorney and Deputy Director of the Climate Law Institute at the Center for Biological Diversity. She represents the Center in litigation and policy matters involving oil and gas-related pollution. She also lectures on environmental justice law at UCLA School of Law.

Prior to working at the Center, Golden-Krasner was a staff attorney at Communities for a Better Environment where she represented the environmental justice group in litigation involving the California Environmental Quality Act and federal and state air, water, and land use laws.

Golden-Krasner also previously worked for plaintiff-side environmental firm Chatten-Brown, Carstens & Minteer before joining the Office of the District Prosecutor with the South Coast Air Quality Management District, where she represented the District in variance hearings before the Hearing Board, and where she participated in one of largest cases in District history: a lawsuit against BP for violations of the California Health and Safety Code at a large refinery.

Golden-Krasner received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in Seattle and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law. She received her M.A. in U.S. legal and environmental history from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.