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.
Expanding AG Environmental Justice Practice — A Resource
(January 2022 • Contributing Author)