Chris Thomas
Staff Attorney and Policy Specialist

Chris brings a wide breadth of legal and policy expertise to The Freshwater Trust. Prior to his current role, Chris worked with Washington State University, Columbia Land Trust and the Pacific Rivers Council. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Science and Policy from Washington State University and a Juris Doctor and certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources law from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. As a Staff Attorney, Chris supports The Freshwater Trust’s legal and ecosystem services teams on a variety of legal and policy issues related to water quality trading programs. In addition to research and analysis, he works closely with agency personnel to facilitate policy making necessary for the restoration of riparian habitats. Outside the office, he can be found playing with his dog, enjoying Oregon’s natural beauty, fixing something that probably isn’t broken, or attending a show around Portland.

Home River: Middle River, Maryland

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