Abigail Dillen is the President of Earthjustice, leading the organization’s staff, board and supporters to advance the organization’s mission of using the courts to protect our environment and people’s health. Before stepping into this role in 2018, Abbie served as the Vice President of Litigation for Climate & Energy, heading Earthjustice’s litigation and legal advocacy to achieve the essential shift from fossil fuels to 100% clean energy. Prior to that, Abbie was the managing attorney of Earthjustice’s Coal Program and played a central role in forcing the overdue retirement of coal-fired power plants around the country. She litigated many precedent-setting cases that have held polluters accountable and cleared the way for clean energy nationally. These wins include: requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to promulgate first-ever standards to govern disposal of coal ash and limit the wastewater discharge of toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants; blocking a $2 billion transmission project to transport dirty coal energy from the Ohio Valley to East Coast cities; blocking permits for new coal-fired power plants; and cutting off federal funding of new coal plants.
Abbie’s leadership has been recognized in Marie Claire in recent articles: The Women Fighting to Save the World and 100 Influential Woman on Why They’re Voting in the 2020 Election. A contributor to the 2020 anthology, All We Can Save, Abbie is based at Earthjustice headquarters in San Francisco, California.