Candice Youngblood is a public interest lawyer with experience in environmental justice advocacy, environmental law, and administrative and regulatory law. She grew up in a low-income community of color in Los Angeles County, where her family resided at the intersection of three freeways. After learning in college that Black children are twice as likely as white children to have asthma—a respiratory illness with which she was born—Candice focused her career on the right to breathe. The daughter of a diesel truck driver who also suffered from a respiratory illness, she is committed to a just transition.
Candice graduated from Berkeley Law, where she was awarded the Francine Marie Diaz Memorial Award and certificates of specialization in environmental law and public interest & social justice law. During law school, she published an academic article focusing on the ways in which lawyers, environmental organizations, and philanthropists can support the environmental justice movement without displacing community voices. Candice also organized a 200+ attendee environmental justice symposium to increase environmental justice scholarship and discourse within the environmental legal field. Through Berkeley Law's Environmental Law Clinic and Karuk-Berkeley Collaborative Legal, Candice provided pro bono legal services for San Joaquin Valley disadvantaged communities and the Karuk Tribe of the Klamath River. As a law student, Candice also worked with the California Department of Justice's Bureau of Environmental Justice; at the public interest law firm Shute, Mihaly and Weinberger, LLP; and at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Prior to law school, Candice was a litigation assistant at Earthjustice in Los Angeles. She earned her B.S. in Society & Environment and B.A. in Legal Studies at UC Berkeley.