Center Staff

Leadership

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 an adjunct professor at NYU Law and former co-chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

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Jessica Bell

Jessica Bell

Energy Director & Deputy Director

Jessica Bell (she, her) 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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Madeline Collins

Madeline Collins

Clean Energy Attorney

Madeline Collins (she, her) 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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Jackie Duhl

Jackie Duhl

Senior Fellow

Jackie Duhl is an experienced attorney working at the intersection of environmental policy, technology, and economics. Prior to joining the Center, Jackie played a pivotal role in building financial technology startup, BlockFi, serving as the organization’s Senior Counsel, Policy Counsel, and Associate Corporate Counsel. Prior to joining BlockFi, Jackie was an associate with Kirkland & Ellis. Jackie earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating magna cum laude, with honors in earth science.

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Lauren McCrea

Lauren McCrea

Clean Energy Legal Fellow

Lauren McCrea (she, her) is an attorney with experience in energy and environmental law with a dedication to serving the public interest. She previously worked in state government focusing on environmental issues.

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Rachel Ramirez-Guest

Rachel Ramirez-Guest

Staff Attorney

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

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Tatiana Zapata

Tatiana Zapata

Legal Fellow

Tatiana Zapata is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law. She was the Co-Founder and Vice President of the school’s Environmental Law Society, as well as a student member of the NYCBA Committee on Environmental Law. Tatiana is a first-generation law school graduate and Colombian immigrant dedicated to advocating on behalf of historically marginalized communities. She previously worked as a legal intern at the Center before joining staff full time.

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Senior Advisors

Brian Frosh

Brian Frosh

Distinguished Senior Counsel

Brian Frosh served as Maryland’s 46th Attorney General from 2015 to 2023. During his two terms AG, Brian Frosh worked to ensure fairness, equality and justice for all Marylanders. Prior to being elected AG, he had been an attorney in private practice since 1976.

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Gladys Limón

Gladys Limón

Senior Advisor on Environmental & Climate Justice

Gladys Limón is an environmental justice and civil rights attorney with over 20 years of experience in legal, policy, and community-based work. She is Senior Advisor on Environmental & Climate Justice at The State Energy & Environmental Impact Center. She most recently served as Executive Director of the California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA), working to advance environmental justice in state policy.

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Operations & Communications

Megan Abron

Megan Abron

Associate Director for Operations and Budget

Megan Abron (she, her) is the Associate Director for Operations and Budget, and supports strategic planning, fund development and operations work at the center. Previously, she was the Operations Manager at the Institute for Policy Integrity, and worked in the immigration field in New York. She earned an MSc in Politics of Population, Migration and Ecology from Birkbeck, University of London and a BA in Global Liberal Studies from New York University.

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Tiernaur Anderson

Tiernaur Anderson

Digital Media Manager

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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Carlos E. Minaya Arnao

Carlos E. Minaya Arnao

Communications Manager

Carlos E. Minaya Arnao (he, him) 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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Students Working With Us

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

Delaina Castillo

Delaina Castillo

Delaina Castillo is a 2L at Stanford Law School. She is co-president of Stanford Law Students for Climate Action and serves as a Submissions Editor and Web Editor for the Environmental Law Journal. Delaina is interested in the intersection between communications and legal advocacy, and is passionate about helping communities achieve environmental justice.

Andinet Mayibuye

Andinet Mayibuye

Communications Intern

Andinet Mayibuye (she/her) is a senior at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study concentrating in human rights, public health, and tech. She has engaged in impactful research as a student, investigating the effects of regional labor laws on migrant workers at NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus, as well as privacy in the new age of digitalization here in New York.

Georgia Rock

Georgia Rock

Georgia Rock is a third-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.

Madeline Schwartz

Madeline Schwartz

Madeline Schwartz (she, her) is a 2L at Cardozo School of Law. She is Vice President of the school’s Environmental Law Society.

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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