Areas of Expertise: Environmental law, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, California conservation issues
Kim oversees the work of Defenders’ six-person California program team in protecting and restoring California’s imperiled wildlife and the places in which they live. Since joining Defenders in 2000, Kim co-authored the revision of the California Natural Community Conservation Planning Act and helped create the Salton Sea Coalition and Defenders’ California desert program. She was also one of the key leaders in establishing the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition. Core California program issues include restoration of the Salton Sea; promoting wildlife conservation on agricultural and ranch lands, particularly in the Central Valley; protecting California’s desert; promoting regional conservation planning; and protecting California’s coastal waters. Kim was a co-author of the 2008 report, 'Economic Oasis: Revealing the True Value of the Mojave Desert.'
Before joining Defenders of Wildlife, Kim worked for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group as a staff attorney and for CALPIRG as Legislative Director. She began her career as an associate attorney in Washington, D.C. with the public interest law firm of Meyer & Glitzenstein, where she specialized in cases involving the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act and other environmental laws including NEPA.
Kim Delfino holds a B.A. in Political Science, Public Service (Environmental Policy Emphasis) from the University of California-Davis and a J.D., cum laude, from McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific.