Vawter (Buck) Parker
Vawter “Buck” Parker has spent almost his entire career in environmental protection, including 37 years with Earthjustice and 10 as its CEO. Buck was instrumental in opening Earthjustice offices around the country and establishing its international program. In the mid-1990s he worked with environmental lawyers in Latin America to found the Asociación Interamericana para la Defensa del Ambiente, an organization of public interest law groups dedicated to expanding the use of citizen enforcement to address international environmental issues within the Western Hemisphere. During his 10 years as executive director he greatly expanded Earthjustice’s legislative and communications staff and led the organization during the critical years of the administration of President George W. Bush. Through 2016 he continued his work with the organization on Arctic issues and especially on offshore drilling.
Buck served many years as a member of the board of the Campaign for America’s Wilderness and of Sierra Legal Defense Fund (now Ecojustice) of Canada, where he remains an honorary director of the organization. Buck has a B.A in History from Stanford University and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.