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Cynthia R. Harris

Cynthia R. Harris
Staff Attorney; Director of Tribal Programs; Deputy Director of the Center for State, Tribal, and Local Environmental Programs
(202) 939-3841

Cynthia R. Harris joined ELI’s Research & Policy team as a staff attorney in November 2016. Cynthia’s background prior to ELI includes several years working in San Diego local government, where she advised on water, wastewater, and infrastructure policy—spearheading the City Council’s successful development of California’s toughest requirement mandating water submetering as a proven water conservation feature in multi-family developments—and served as community liaison to some of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods. Cynthia holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she clerked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of General Counsel, engaged in clinical studies with the Natural Resources Defense Council, and served on the NYU Law Review. She received her B.A. in Communication from the University of California, San Diego, graduating cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Cynthia is a confirmed chocoholic and fantasy and science fiction fanatic, and enjoys reading, athletics, traveling, volunteering, and experimenting in the kitchen.