Senior Legal Fellow
Christine Billy (she, her) has devoted her career to developing and implementing policies for a sustainable and equitable future. She is an adjunct professor of clinical law at NYU School of Law with over a decade of law and policy experience in climate and environmental law, food law, labor and employment law, human rights law, and local and state authority. Prior to joining the Center, Billy served in New York City government in a variety of roles, including Senior Counsel at the NYC Law Department, Chief Legal Counsel for the NYC COVID-19 Food Czar, Senior Counsel at the NYC Department of Sanitation, and General Counsel and Deputy Executive Director of the 2018 NYC Charter Revision Commission. She has extensive experience drafting and negotiating state and local legislation and advising elected officials and administrative agencies on a range of matters, including establishing New York City’s environmental justice framework, enforcing the City’s air pollution control code, regulating plastics, and strengthening the City’s recycling and organics programs. Prior to government service, Billy practiced environmental law at Arnold & Porter LLP and clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Billy holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.Phil from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, and a B.A. cum laude from Yale University. Billy is co-author of Mariners at War: An Oral History of World War II, recipient of the John Lyman Book Award for maritime reference works and published primary sources, awarded by the North American Society for Oceanic History.