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Ava Ibanez

Project Manager for Ocean Policy

Area of Focus



Austin, Texas



Ava has a background in science and law, which she aims to use in environmental legislation and litigation as a means of advocating for sound environmental policy based on science. She has a Bachelor of Science in Marine and Freshwater Biology from The University Texas (UT), holds a Juris Doctor degree from The Pennsylvania State University, and is licensed to practice in the state of New York. At UT, Ava’s primary research focused on water contamination in urban watersheds and on the ecological effects of hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. Ava has also worked on projects in the Yucatán Peninsula, in Mexico, looking at the impacts of eco-tourism on the community and the ecosystem. While in law school, Ava held various legal roles, including at a nationally recognized civil litigation firm in Pittsburgh, at the Pennsylvania Centre County Court of Common Pleas, and at Earthjustice. During her time at Earthjustice, Ava served as a law clerk for the Oceans Program, where she worked on litigation related to offshore drilling deregulation and violations of federal environmental laws, such as the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act.

In her free time, Ava practices photography, goes paddle boarding, and loves anything with an ocean view.