Elizabeth Gobeski

Political Science; member, Gerald R. Ford Institute and Center for Sustainability and the Environment
Graduate/Professional School:
J.D., University of Michigan
Anchorage, Alaska
Environmental Attorney, U.S. Dept. of the Interior


I trace my interests in public policy and environmental action back to a summer I spent with a student research team studying the impact of land development in the Kalamazoo River watershed near Albion. I followed that research with an internship at the Environmental Law Foundation in London.
Through these experiences I learned about the complex political, economic, and social decisions that surround land development and how important it was for me to be well informed on these issues in order to take a credible stand on protecting environmentally sensitive areas. And I determined I wanted to pursue a career in environmental law.
My time at Albion stretched me—academically and personally.
I studied everything from geology and biology to ethics and journalism, which was excellent preparation for my work today advising government agencies as they strive for the appropriate balance between developing our nation’s natural resources and conserving its environmental values.
Albion developed my skills for critical thinking and effective communication.
They're so fundamental to the practice of law. Acquiring those skills—and applying them in real-world settings— made all the difference for me.

Take It Further: Political Science, Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, Center for Sustainability and the Environment, Pre-Law