Nicole Cordan


Nicole Cordan
Nicole Cordan
Project Director
U.S. Public Lands and Rivers Conservation
The Pew Charitable Trusts


Nicole Cordan oversees Pew’s river corridor work. She works in the Portland, Oregon, office, where she leads the team’s efforts to restore free-flowing rivers in the West to allow safe passage for salmon and other aquatic species.

Before joining Pew, Cordan spent over a decade as the policy and legal director for the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition, where she ran the campaign to protect and restore Columbia-Snake River salmon. She has served as acting director and attorney in the Western Natural Resource Center of the National Wildlife Federation and as a staff attorney for the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center, where her portfolio included river and fishery issues. Cordan has written and lectured on hydroelectric power and its effects on salmon; the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Endangered Species Act; global climate change; federal and state water rights; and water quality standards.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Russian and eastern European studies with a minor in biochemistry from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from Lewis & Clark Law School.