Julia Olson graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, with a Juris Doctor degree in 1997. Olson worked for 15 years representing grassroots conservation groups in the West, where she helped protect rivers, forests, parks, wilderness, wildlife, organic agriculture and human health. After becoming a mother, and realizing the greatest threat to her children and children everywhere was climate change, Olson began focusing her work in that field and founded Our Children's Trust. Her work has led her to the intersection of human rights and environmental protection. Olson also teaches environmental courses as an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon School of Law.