Center Staff

Our Team

Bethany Davis Noll

Bethany Davis Noll

Executive Director

Bethany Davis Noll is an expert in administrative and environmental law and an experienced litigator. She is also an adjunct professor at NYU Law and co-chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

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Jessica Bell

Jessica Bell

Deputy Director

Jessica Bell is an experienced attorney dedicated to promoting the public interest in the environmental and energy sectors. She previously served as the Clean Energy Attorney at the Center, focusing on energy law issues at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and on state energy policy matters.

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Rachel Ramirez-Guest

Rachel Ramirez-Guest

Staff Attorney

Rachel Ramirez-Guest is an attorney with experience in environmental law and policy, including issues of environmental justice and municipal environmental compliance.

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Madeline Collins

Madeline Collins

Clean Energy Attorney

Madeline Collins is an attorney with litigation experience, an LLM in Environmental Law, and a dedication to serving the public interest. She previously worked as Assistant District Attorney with the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.

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Aleksandra "Sasha" George Ruiz

Aleksandra “Sasha” George Ruiz

Legal Fellow for Envi­ron­men­tal Jus­tice*

Sasha George Ruiz is an envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice and civ­il rights attor­ney with expe­ri­ence in federal clean air act enforcement, hazardous waste act compliance, and com­mu­ni­ty-based justice work.

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Mohamed Oday

Mohamed Oday

Operations Manager

Mohamed Oday is an environmental pro­fes­sion­al with an inter­est in envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice and pol­i­cy. In his role he helps manage the weekly report, litigation tracking, the budget, fundraising, and other day-to-day operations.

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Carlos E. Minaya Arnao

Carlos E. Minaya Arnao

Communications Manager

Carlos E. Minaya Arnao is a public health specialist and environmental conservationist. He joins the Center from the bay area in California, where he worked for Mission Neighborhood Health Center leading their community outreach and patient enrollment department.

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Tiernaur Anderson

Tiernaur Anderson

Senior Communications & Digital Specialist

Tiernaur Anderson is is a climate communications professional with an interest in making climate action more accessible for people at all levels of awareness and engagement. In her role she produces the biweekly newsletter, manages the Center’s AG Actions database and other online tools, designs Center reports and web resources, and assists in research for projects and reports.

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Jasmine Elbekraoui

Jasmine Elbekraoui

Communications & Program Assistant

Jasmine Elbekraoui has a background in environmental science with an interest in environmental policy and research. Prior to joining the Center she worked for a student advocacy group, and played a crucial role in advocating for various campaigns and teaching college students how to be effective advocates in their community. At the Center, Jasmine works with the communication and operations team and assist with day-to-day tasks.

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Students Working With Us

Meet the stu­dents work­ing with the Cen­ter as research assis­tants and interns this semester.

Georgia Rock

Georgia Rock

Georgia Rock is a second-year student at NYU Law. She is co-chair of the Public Interest Law Student Association and a staff editor on the Environmental Law Journal.

Tatiana Zapata

Tatiana Zapata

Tatiana Zapata is a part-time student at St. John’s University School of Law and serves as the Vice President of the school’s Environmental Law Society; she is also a student member of the NYCBA Committee on Environmental Law. Tatiana is a first-generation law student and first-generation Colombian immigrant dedicated to advocating on behalf of historically marginalized communities.

Joseph Colarusso

Joseph Colarusso

Joseph is an undergraduate student at New York University pursing a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. He has a specific interest in pursuing a career in environmental law immediately after graduation. He has interned at various law firms, gaining experience in many diverse areas. At the Center, he helps maintain the AG Actions Database.

Ana Oropeza

Ana Oropeza

Ana Oropeza is an undergraduate student at Columbia University, majoring in Film and Media Studies with a concentration in Business Management. She is a Program Assistant at Columbia’s Institute of Latin American Studies. As a rising professional, Ana shares a strong interest and commitment to the community of domestic and international scholars within and beyond her university. She has been a liaison between Columbia and other institutions, served as one of the Mexican Students Association’s Secretaries of Community Engagement, been a mentor to incoming and international students at the School of General Studies, and is an administrative support coordinator at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. At the Center, Ana assists with media, marketing, and fundraising research.

Past Leadership

David J. Hayes

David J. Hayes

Past Executive Director

David J. Hayes was the State Impact Center’s executive director from August 2017 through January 2021, when he left the Center to serve in the Biden administration as Special Assistant to the President for Climate Policy, a role he filled until late 2022.

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Elizabeth Johnson Klein

Elizabeth Johnson Klein

Past Deputy Director

Elizabeth Johnson Klein was the State Impact Center’s deputy director from August 2017 through January 2021. Klein now serves in the Biden administration as Senior Counselor to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.

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