Irene Burga

Tom Graff Fellow for the Oil and Gas Program


Areas of expertise: Oil and Gas, Community Engagement and Partnerships, Environmental Justice, Public Health

As the Tom Graff Fellow for the California Oil and Gas program, Irene is responsible for advocating on behalf of communities that are impacted by oil and gas development, and ensuring community voices are represented at the state level. She does this through on advocacy, community engagement, and technology deployment.


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


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