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. Imme­di­ate­ly pri­or to join­ing the Cen­ter, she was an Assis­tant Cor­po­ra­tion Coun­sel in the New York City Law Department’s Envi­ron­men­tal Law Divi­sion where she coun­seled New York City agen­cies and offices on com­pli­ance with envi­ron­men­tal laws and rep­re­sent­ed the city before state courts and admin­is­tra­tive tri­bunals in chal­lenges to envi­ron­men­tal reviews and land use deter­mi­na­tions, as well as enforce­ment of local envi­ron­men­tal laws. In that role, she also served as the lead coun­sel to the city’s inter­a­gency work­ing group on envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice. Before enter­ing the pub­lic sec­tor, she worked as New York State Pro Bono Schol­ar with the New York Lawyers for Pub­lic Inter­est Envi­ron­men­tal Jus­tice Pro­gram coun­sel­ing com­mu­ni­ty groups and advo­ca­cy orga­ni­za­tions on leg­isla­tive advo­ca­cy and lit­i­ga­tion per­tain­ing to cli­mate pol­i­cy and envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice. Ramirez-Guest grad­u­at­ed from New York Uni­ver­si­ty magna cum laude with a BFA in Film and Soci­ol­o­gy and earned a JD from Colum­bia Law School. Dur­ing law school, she served on the board of the Human Rights Law Review, par­tic­i­pat­ed in the Sex­u­al­i­ty and Gen­der Law Clin­ic, and com­plet­ed an intern­ship with the New York State Office of Attor­ney Gen­er­al Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Bureau. Pri­or to law school, Ramirez-Guest worked in research and pro­duc­tion for mul­ti­ple doc­u­men­tary films and series per­tain­ing to cli­mate change, includ­ing the tele­vi­sion series Years of Liv­ing Dan­ger­ous­ly and the film Before the Flood.