Irene Burga

Manager, California Climate and Energy


Areas of expertise:
Oil and gas, clean air and clean energy, technology solutions, Latino engagement

Irene designs and advocates for policies and programs that reduce pollution from the oil and gas industry, increase opportunities for clean energy development, and help areas most underserved and overburdened by poor air quality. Irene is a Los Angeles native and is currently based there.


Prior to joining EDF, Irene worked on creating and implementing policies and programs that cut energy waste, boost local economies, and reduce harmful pollution in cities for NRDC’s City Energy Project.

During her time in law school, Irene held several internships, including at the South Coast Air Quality Management District, where she supported prosecutors in air quality enforcement cases.

Irene also spent a semester at the Conservation Law Foundation organizing and educating environmental justice communities about the harmful health effects of air pollution.

Additionally, Irene has experience in employment law and policy from her time working at the Greater Boston Legal Services and Bet Tzedek Legal Services, where she represented indigent workers against employers who had committed wage and hour violations and had failed to provide proper meal and rest breaks.


  • J.D. from Boston University School of Law
  • B.A. in International Relations and Business Management from the University of San Diego