Cynthia Harris

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Cynthia R. Harris is the Director of Tribal Programs and the Deputy Director of the Center for State, Tribal, and Local Environmental Programs at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI). Her projects at ELI focus on tribal and Indigenous issues, water quality and conservation, product life-cycle management, climate change, green infrastructure, and forestry management and conservation. Ms. Harris is currently engaged in a multi-year project studying federal/Indigenous co-management of subsistence marine resources in the United States and Canadian Arctic. Her background prior to ELI includes several years working in San Diego local government, where she advised on water, wastewater, and infrastructure policy—spearheading the City Council’s successful development of California’s toughest requirement mandating water submetering as a proven water conservation feature in multi-family developments—and served as community liaison to some of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods.


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