Peter Jenkins is Chair of the Methane Action advisory board. He has been an environmental, land use, consumer, and personnel law attorney and advocate since 1983. He currently is Senior Counsel at Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) in Silver Spring, Maryland. His career has centered on bringing the best science to bear in environmental protection efforts, as well as in federal litigation. Most of his work has been in U.S. and international wildlife conservation efforts, but also in the fields of pesticides, GMOs, invasive species, wildlife disease prevention, international trade, climate change, land-use conflicts, and other areas.
Peter’s prior positions in Washington, DC, since 2000 have been: Vice President for U.S. Government Policy at Conservation International; Director of International Conservation at Defenders of Wildlife; Of Counsel at the Center for Food Safety; and Staff Attorney at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. From 1993 to 2000, he was in New Mexico working primarily as a contracted consultant on endangered species recovery efforts with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 2, and the Turner Endangered Species Fund and he was an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Prior to then, he served as Attorney and Policy Analyst for the U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, and also was in private law practice.
Peter has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and reports in various areas of environmental law and policy. He has been invited to testify to Congressional committees four times. His work has been featured in the Washington Post, New York Times, Time magazine, NPR’s Living on Earth,and in other media.
Peter received his law degree from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) School of Law and also has a Masters in Environmental Studies from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, with a focus on conservation biology. He is a member of the D.C. federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court bar.