Michele Merkel

Director, Food & Water Justice
Food & Water Watch

Food & Water Justice, the legal arm of Food & Water Watch, uses the court system to advocate for positive change and provides legal support for Food & Water Watch’s mission to ensure that the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced.  Michele was formerly the Chesapeake Regional Coordinator for Waterkeeper Alliance. At Waterkeeper, Michele helped to develop and implement the campaigns of eighteen Waterkeeper programs that protect the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays. Prior to joining the Waterkeeper, Michele was co-founder and Senior Counsel of the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP). At EIP, she was responsible for developing and implementing legal campaigns under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, focusing on industrial livestock production and municipal sewage issues. Michele previously served as an attorney in the Enforcement Division of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, where she worked closely with the Department of Justice to develop and bring actions for violations of federal environmental laws. Prior to joining EPA, Michele was General Counsel for Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.  In addition to her work at Food & Water Watch, Michele is on the Board of Directors of Tulane Law School’s Environmental Law Clinic and is the President of the Board for the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project.

Read our Q&A with Michele on the Ecocentric blog.