B.A., Political Science, University of Chicago, 2020




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Ariel Salmon

Legal Assistant

Ariel Salmon is a Legal Assistant at the Environmental Law & Policy Center, supporting water and Natural Places cases for ELPC’s attorneys. She interned at ELPC in the summer of 2019, working on air quality monitoring, supply chain reports, and CAFO analysis. Ariel is a recent graduate from the University of Chicago, where she studied Political Science. Prior to working at ELPC, Ariel worked as a Senior Resident Assistant on campus, where she planned and organized events, supported resident needs and concerns, and managed relationships with supervisors. She has long been motivated by public interest work, previously interning at Heartland Alliance International, U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush’s Chicago Office, and Refugee Services of Texas.

What’s a place you love in the Midwest?

Promontory Point in Chicago! I love going and sitting by the lake and watching the waves on the shoreline. There’s a beautiful green space and I like going for walks there with friends.

What drives you to do this work?

Protecting the environment is an intersectional project. Everyone deserves to have clean air and clean water, and I believe that the best way to protect our towns, neighborhoods and cities is through a combination of legal, policy, and advocacy work.