Building the Next Generation of Climate Advocates

  • Tuesday, September 20, 2022
  • 4:00pm–5:00pm EST
  • Online Event

The State Ener­gy & Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Cen­ter at NYU School of Law, Howard Ener­gy and Envi­ron­men­tal Law Soci­ety, the Amer­i­can Con­sti­tu­tion Soci­ety, and Green 2.0 invite you to learn about careers in cli­mate, envi­ron­men­tal, and ener­gy law in the gov­ern­ment and pub­lic ser­vice sec­tor. Join us this Cli­mate Week for a pan­el dis­cus­sion around ques­tions such as: what does a career in these fields look like? what should your resume look like? and what are the dif­fer­ent ways to build this kind of career?


Alexan­dra Whittaker

Chief Trade Coun­sel and Trade Sub­com­mit­tee Staff Direc­tor of the House of Representatives

Alexan­dra Whit­tak­er is Chief Trade Coun­sel and Trade Staff Direc­tor to the Chair­man and Demo­c­ra­t­ic Mem­bers of the Com­mit­tee on Ways and Means. She pre­vi­ous­ly served two years on the Com­mit­tee as Trade Counsel.

Before join­ing the Com­mit­tee staff, Alexan­dra was Assis­tant Gen­er­al Coun­sel for the Office of the U.S. Trade Rep­re­sen­ta­tive (USTR) with respon­si­bil­i­ty for pro­vid­ing legal coun­sel and pol­i­cy guid­ance on a wide vari­ety of inter­na­tion­al trade mat­ters, as well as lit­i­gat­ing trade reme­dies and agri­cul­tur­al dis­putes before the WTO. Dur­ing her time at USTR, Alexan­dra also served as Assis­tant Legal Advi­sor to the U.S. Mis­sion to the WTO in Gene­va, Switzer­land, where she was a U.S. nego­tia­tor for the WTO dis­pute set­tle­ment reform nego­ti­a­tions and rep­re­sent­ed the Unit­ed States in all dis­putes and dis­pute-relat­ed mat­ters before the WTO.

Alexan­dra pre­vi­ous­ly worked as an envi­ron­men­tal attor­ney for the U.S. Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency and coun­sel for a trade asso­ci­a­tion. She is cur­rent­ly a lec­tur­er at Colum­bia Law School.

Alexan­dra is a proud grad­u­ate of Spel­man Col­lege and Howard Uni­ver­si­ty School of Law.

Claire Woods

Claire Woods

Direc­tor of Envi­ron­men­tal Jus­tice Poli­cies and Pro­grams and Senior Attor­ney at Green­field Envi­ron­men­tal Trust Group

As Direc­tor of Envi­ron­men­tal Jus­tice Poli­cies and Pro­grams, Claire devel­ops and imple­ments poli­cies to address the dis­pro­por­tion­ate envi­ron­men­tal and eco­nom­ic bur­dens endured by peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties harmed by lega­cy con­t­a­m­i­na­tion at Green­field Mul­ti­state Trust sites. She also han­dles legal affairs and advis­ing for select Green­field Trust sites. Pre­vi­ous­ly, as a senior attor­ney at the Nat­ur­al Resources Defense Coun­cil, Claire led lit­i­ga­tion and advo­ca­cy efforts to secure safe drink­ing water, curb air emis­sions, pro­tect species, and main­tain crit­i­cal envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tions for com­mu­ni­ties. For­mer­ly, Claire served as a tri­al attor­ney in the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice Envi­ron­men­tal Enforce­ment Sec­tion, where she rep­re­sent­ed the Unit­ed States in law­suits to enforce the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, and to recov­er costs under CER­CLA. Claire earned her BA in his­to­ry from Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty and her JD from Colum­bia Law School.

Lee Zarzecki

Lee Zarzec­ki

Senior Assis­tant City Attor­ney for the City and Coun­ty of Denver

Lee Zarzec­ki is a Senior Assis­tant City Attor­ney for the City and Coun­ty of Den­ver. He is a 2011 Uni­ver­si­ty of Col­orado-Boul­der alum­ni where he earned both a Juris Doc­tor and a Mas­ter of Sci­ence in envi­ron­men­tal stud­ies. He is also a grad­u­ate of Loy­ola Uni­ver­si­ty-Chica­go where he dou­ble majored in polit­i­cal sci­ence and communication.

Fol­low­ing law school, Lee was award­ed the Michael F. Vac­caro Hon­ors Attor­ney Fel­low­ship with the U.S. Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency’s Region III Office of Region­al Coun­sel. While with the EPA, he focused pri­mar­i­ly on CER­CLA removal mat­ters. He sub­se­quent­ly spent three years with a bou­tique envi­ron­men­tal law firm before join­ing the Den­ver City Attorney’s Office in 2016.

Lee’s envi­ron­men­tal prac­tice now includes CER­CLA, RCRA, CWA, CAA and brown­fields work for the City’s var­i­ous agencies.


Lau­ren McCrea

Spe­cial Assis­tant Attor­ney Gen­er­al, Delaware Depart­ment of Justice

Lau­ren McCrea is a Spe­cial Assis­tant Attor­ney Gen­er­al at the Delaware Depart­ment of Jus­tice. She is a 2020 grad­u­ate of the Howard Uni­ver­si­ty School of Law, and she holds a BA in polit­i­cal sci­ence from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware, where she was the Ronald E. McNair Schol­ar. She pre­vi­ous­ly worked as a com­mu­ni­ty court coor­di­na­tor for the Admin­is­tra­tive Office of the Courts of the State of Delaware, and com­plet­ed intern­ships at the Fed­er­al Ener­gy Reg­u­la­to­ry Com­mis­sion and the Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion of the Dis­trict of Columbia.