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Leila Monroe, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, San Francisco

Leila Monroe

Between California and Hawai’i, I grew up in a family of ocean lovers who spend much of their free time surfing, fishing and diving. I honed in on my personal connection with the sea to pursue a career in ocean protection.

I received my Bachelor of Science from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and my JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, where I focused on international and environmental law. Related to environmental protection and marine resource management, I’ve worked for: T.C. Hoffmann & Associates, Global Exchange/the Green Festivals, the Environmental Integrity Project, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of General Council for International Law. I also have experience working on international security issues with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Science Applications International Corporation, the U.S. Department of Defense and related entities.

I also enjoy: running a non-profit that throws parties for social and environmental causes (Partycorps.org), surfing, hiking, biking, yoga, camping, listening to music, and dancing.

Recent Posts

Search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 Reveals Garbage Pollution Problem in the Ocean

Posted April 1, 2014 by Leila Monroe in Reviving the World's Oceans

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In the desperate search for clues about the fate of missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, information about a global environmental issue has unexpectedly come to light. Multiple times in the past week, search and rescue teams have been disappointed when...continued

Recycling Plastic Creates Jobs and Helps Keep Pollution Out of the Ocean

Posted March 12, 2014 by Leila Monroe in Living Sustainably, Reviving the World's Oceans

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From camping trips to work meetings, I bring my refillable steel water bottle just about everywhere I go, because switching to reusable containers is one of the easiest ways to keep waste out of our landfills and out of the...continued

Jackie Chan Speaks Out to Save Sharks from Finning

Posted February 18, 2014 by Leila Monroe in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Jackie Chan, a globally recognized performer and China’s most famous actor, grew up believing that shark fin soup had vitalizing power, but now he refuses to eat this traditional delicacy. In this recent interview, Mr. Chan describes the urgent need...continued

Senator Padilla, Senator De Leόn, and Senator Lara Join Forces to Stop Plastic Bag Pollution

Posted January 25, 2014 by Leila Monroe in Living Sustainably, Reviving the World's Oceans

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Written with guest co-author, Carlos Zegarra. Senator Padilla, Senator De Leόn, and Senator Lara, supported by a diverse alliance of Californians, have announced a breakthrough compromise bill to address the economic and environmental costs of single-use plastic shopping bags. The...continued

10 Resolutions For A Life With Less Plastic (and a Better You) in 2014

Posted January 2, 2014 by Leila Monroe in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, The Media and the Environment

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Let’s face it – New Year’s resolutions are overwhelming. Quit the internet for a year! Lose 50 pounds! Give 2 weeks’ notice and travel the world!  Lofty goals are fantastic, but don’t always stick as the year progresses. This year, after...continued

First Rains Flush Plastic Pollution to the Ocean

Posted November 22, 2013 by Leila Monroe in Reviving the World's Oceans

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Benjamin Kay is a school teacher from Santa Monica: this week he released a video documenting the disgusting waste – mostly plastic pollution – that flowed into Santa Monica Bay from the “second flush” at the start of California’s rainy...continued

UCLA Expert Report: Top-10 Solutions to Global Ocean Plastic Pollution

Posted October 30, 2013 by Leila Monroe

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A new report released today identifies the Top-10 solutions to tackle the urgent problem of an estimated 20 million tons of plastic litter entering the ocean each year. Plastic pollution is a daunting crisis for the marine environment, one that...continued

Making Waves - Solving Marine Plastic Pollution at SXSW Eco

Posted October 7, 2013 by Leila Monroe in Reviving the World's Oceans

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Since 1987, South By Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference in Austin, Texas, has established itself as one of the most important annual gatherings of music industry trend-setters.  Recently, SXSW has expanded its model of showcasing the best and brightest...continued

Coastal Cleanup Day Coming to a Town Near You

Posted September 19, 2013 by Leila Monroe in Reviving the World's Oceans

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Every year since 1985, tens of thousands of Californians have joined Coastal Cleanup Day, the world’s largest volunteer effort to clean up waterways and the ocean. This year’s cleanup will take place on September 21, and you can find an...continued

California Communities Spend Nearly $500M Annually in Keeping Trash Out Of Waterways

Posted August 28, 2013 by Leila Monroe

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Today, NRDC’s plastic pollution team released a new report showing that California communities are spending nearly half a billion dollars annually in preventing trash from polluting the state’s beaches, rivers and ocean.  The $428,000,000 spent by California’s cities and towns...continued

Testing California's Waters for Trash and Pollution

Posted June 26, 2013 by Leila Monroe in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Reviving the World's Oceans

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I’m proud to be a Californian, and like so many of the 38 million people who call this state home, access to beautiful beaches and good waves is one of the most important parts of my life. I spend much...continued

A Sad Day for the Oceans & Marine Life as California's Marine Plastic Pollution Bill Held in Appropriations Committee

Posted May 24, 2013 by Leila Monroe in Reviving the World's Oceans

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This afternoon, members of the California Assembly Appropriations Committee stopped Assembly Bill 521 -- a groundbreaking proposal to create a statewide marine plastic pollution producer responsibility program – from moving forward in the legislature.  This is a missed opportunity to...continued

Marine Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility Bill Passes California Assembly Natural Resources Committee

Posted April 30, 2013 by Leila Monroe

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Late yesterday, after a marathon hearing of the California Assembly Natural Resource Committee, Assembly Bill 521, known as the Marine Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility Act, received enough “aye” votes – from committee members Chesbro, Muratsuchi, Stone, Skinner and Williams –...continued

Can We Keep Plastic Pollution Out of Our Oceans?

Posted April 15, 2013 by Leila Monroe in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Reviving the World's Oceans

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On April 16 we celebrate California Oceans Day, an annual event when ocean lovers and leaders from across the state come together to advocate for healthier oceans.  This year, we’re focusing on solutions to the growing problem of plastic pollution...continued

Marine Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility Act Introduced by Assemblymembers Ben Hueso & Mark Stone

Posted February 21, 2013 by Leila Monroe in Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably, Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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Experience and scientific study both reveal that plastic now pollutes the farthest reaches of the world’s oceans.  From the deep seabed of the Arctic, to once-pristine coasts – from the local riverside parks to distant islands – globally, we produce...continued

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