Jim first came to Alaska in 1993 as a one-year legal intern for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and, like many Alaskans, chose to stay. He ultimately became legal counsel for NWF’s Alaska office, then the director of the Alaska office, and finally the director of NWF’s Pacific region, which encompasses Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii, before returning to more focused policy work at Audubon Alaska.
Jim graduated from Williams College in 1990 and earned a law degree and Master of Philosophy from Duke University in 1993. As a conservation attorney, Jim developed an emphasis on the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act and Marine Mammal Policy Act. He brought lawsuits focused on protecting Alaska’s important wetlands in a number of contexts as well as challenging oil and gas and mining projects. During his time in Alaska he was also a part of long-term grassroots and policy campaigns to protect Prince William’s Sound and the Copper River Delta through revisions to the Chugach National Forest Management Plan, to defend the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil exploration, and to safeguard the incredible wildlife and salmon fisheries in Bristol Bay from development of the Pebble Mine. Jim has also been engaged in efforts to help Alaska communities develop sustainable economies, working to create the infrastructure to support a healthy, sustainable tourism industry in Alaska and to encourage the state and federal governments to acknowledge and plan for climate change.
Jim lives in Anchorage with his wife, daughter, and two dogs. He spends as much time as possible in the mountains running, skiing, and camping. He is a singer/songwriter who appears regularly at Anchorage’s Folk Festival and sporadically elsewhere.
Contact Jim Adams
Anchorage, AK, 99501
Email: Jim Adams