Nicholas Vidargas, J.D., is a former Policy Analyst with the Center for Progressive Reform. He joined the organization after two years as an honors attorney fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9, Office of Regional Counsel, in San Francisco, where he worked on enforcement of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act and on Clean Water Act rulemaking, and where he initiated the first enforcement action under the Clean Air Act General Duty Clause in Region 9. Vidargas’s prior legal experience includes internships at the Natural Resources Defense Council and the California Attorney General’s Office.
Vidargas graduated from Stanford University, where he received a B.S. in Earth Systems, focusing on marine biology, and an M.S. in Earth Systems focused on invasive species and community ecology. He received his law degree from the University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law, with certificates in Environmental Law and Public Service Law. While at UC Davis he was Editor-in-Chief of Environs Environmental Law and Policy Journal, and served as a Senior Articles Editor for the UC Davis Law Review.