Deborah Halberstadt

Deputy Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Matters

Deborah Halberstadt is deputy secretary for ocean and coastal matters at the California Natural Resources Agency. She has served as a deputy attorney general in the Environment Section at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General since 2006, where she litigated civil and criminal environmental laws protecting the state’s environmental resources. She was cross-designated as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Crimes Section from 2011 to 2014. Halberstadt was a law clerk for the Honorable Walter L. Carpeneti at the Alaska Supreme Court from 2005 to 2006, a summer associate at Earthjustice in 2004 and a legal extern at the Sierra Club Environmental Law Program from 2003 to 2004. She served as federal legislative liaison in the Office of Governor Gray Davis from 1999 to 2002, handling natural resources and environmental protection issues, and served in the office as director of constituent affairs from 1998 to 1999. She was a legislative and policy coordinator in the Office of Lieutenant Governor Gray Davis from 1997 to 1999. Halberstadt is secretary of the State Bar of California’s Environmental Law Executive Committee. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

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