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Ristroph joins Pacific Environment as the new Pacific Policy Director

Position builds on company’s Russia, China, and Arctic portfolio


Elizaveta Barrett Ristroph

Pacific Environment

Elizaveta Barrett Ristroph has joined Pacific Environment as Pacific Policy Director. The newly created position builds on the company’s existing Russia, China, and Arctic portfolio, creating a Marine Program with an emphasis on preparing for and adapting to changing climate conditions. Based in Fairbanks, Alaska, Ristroph will work to engage indigenous communities and stakeholders on both sides of the Bering Strait.

In addition to her work for Pacific Environment, Ristroph is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Hawaii Manoa on climate change adaptation. Ristroph has worked around the world, from the Northern Mariana Islands and the Philippines to Arctic Alaska and Russia. Her work and interests have included the protection of subsistence and Alaska Native rights, environmental and natural resource law, community resilience, international human rights agreements, oil and gas development, and the integration of community knowledge with Western science.

Ristroph holds a juris doctor from Tulane Law School, a Master’s Degree in Regional and City Planning from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Oklahoma. She is married to Tanana Chiefs Conference Secretary Treasurer and Doyon Board Member Pollack (“PJ”) Simon, Jr.


About Pacific Environment
Pacific Environment is a non-profit organization with employees in California, Alaska, and East Asia. Pacific Environment’s mission is to protect the living environment of the Pacific Rim. The company has partnered with local communities in Russia, China, California, Alaska, and elsewhere for nearly three decades. In Russia, this has resulted in the formation of multi-stakeholder salmon councils to manage wild salmon, as well as protected areas. Pacific Environment also acts at an international level as one of a handful of groups with formal consultative status at the U.N.’s International Maritime Organization. Pacific Environment has worked to shape the Polar Code and achieve cooperation between Russian and Alaskan stakeholders on Arctic shipping.


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