Project Team

Principal Investigators: Cynthia R. Harris, Greta Swanson
Research Associate: Margaret Badding


Public Interest and Environmental Law Fellow:

Rebecca Ramirez, 2021-2022: Rebecca Ramirez joined ELI in September 2021. Prior to joining ELI, Rebecca held law clerk and externship positions with the General Counsel of the Oceans and Coasts Section at NOAA, Earthjustice and the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law. She received her J.D. with a concentration in Environmental Law from the University of Miami School of law, graduating cum laude. At Miami Law, Rebecca was an Associate Editor for the University of Miami Inter-American Law Review and a Teaching Assistant for Professor Daniel Suman’s Coastal Law and Policy course. She received her M.P.S. in Marine Ecosystems and Society from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, earning an Award of Academic Merit. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin.  

Law Clerks:

Zoe Vogel, Summer 2022: Zoe is a rising 3L at the Tulane University Law School, where she serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal, Intersectionality Chair of the Environment & Energy Law Society and a Research Assistant at the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy. Zoe received her bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. 

David White, Summer 2022: David is a law student at the University of California, Berkeley. As a student, David has worked in the Land Law and Environment sections of the California Attorney General's office and at the California-China Climate Institute.

Grace Gibson, Spring 2022: Grace is currently a student at Georgetown University Law Center committed to a career in public interest environmental law. She serves as Administrative Editor of Vol. 35 of the Georgetown Environmental Law Review and is a member of the Georgetown Environmental Law Society and the Native American Law Students Association. Grace is from Tampa, Florida and graduated from the University of Florida in 2019. 


Research & Publications Interns:

Jesse Ferraioli, Summer 2022: Jesse is a rising senior at Dartmouth College where she is majoring in Environmental Studies and Philosophy. At Dartmouth, she pursues groundwater research in the Southwestern U.S. and is also involved with sexual violence prevention work on campus. She is passionate about issues of indigenous sovereignty and feels grateful to assist on this important project. Following her graduation, Jesse intends to eventually attend law school to study water law.

Priyanka Mahat, Summer 2022: Priyanka is a rising junior at Brown University studying Environmental Studies and International and Public Affairs. From Kathmandu, Nepal, Priyanka is interested in the intersections of environmental justice, human rights and development studies, especially pertaining to the Global South. At Brown, she is a researcher at the Climate and Development Lab working on Comparative Analysis of Public Relations Campaigns on Climate Change. She is also a 4-year Bonner Fellowship awardee working with Social Enterprise Greenhouse RI. Priyanka is passionate about environmental justice and the rights of marginalized and indigenous populations and hopes to pursue a legal or professional career with advocacy at its forefront.

Nina Jeffries, Spring 2022: Nina studied Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. On campus, she served as the Director of Sustainability for the Student Government Association and the Secretary of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences. Nina interned at Our Children's Trust, the Maryland Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Justice. Nina plans to attend law school to study some mix of environmental, agricultural, energy and natural resources law.

Lily Byrne, Spring 2022: Lily majored in Economics and Arabic and minored in Sustainability Studies at the University of Maryland. Lily assisted with several projects at ELI, including historical research into the relationship between the state of California and Native American Tribes, the BRIGHT Guide and ELI’s Innovation Lab. Lily plans to attend law school and concentrate on energy and environmental policy.

Annalisse Eclipse, Fall 2021: Annalisse majored in Environment & Sustainability, with a concentration in Policy & Governance and a minor in Climate Change, at Cornell University. Annalisse grew up in southern California and is passionate about the intersection of environmental justice and policy. As part of the Cornell in Washington Program, Annalisse worked as a Research & Publications Intern at ELI in Fall 2021. 


Support for this project was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Policies for Action program. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

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