EDUCATION

Juris Doctor
Vermont Law School

Masters of Environmental Law and Policy
Vermont Law School

BA, Political Science
The City College of New York (CUNY)

Legal Experience


Focus Areas

  • Environmental Issues  
  • Grant Development/Review  
  • Technical Writing
  • Community Outreach
  • Practical Solutions
  • Government Relations

ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY 

Vice President – Professional Development (Aug 2014 - Present)
DC Ecowomen Executive Board
Washington, DC

  • Manage annual budget for Professional Development Committee.
  • Recruit, retain, and engage thought leaders for monthly salon—EcoHour.
  • Interview Environmental though leaders at monthly salon and forum—EcoHour
  • Develop, oversee and implement over twenty annual environmental education events. 
  • Develop external mentoring opportunities and programs
  • Establish, design and develop Advisory Board program for senior environmental professionals.
  • Mentor to junior board members.

Director – Board of Directors (June 2015 - Present)
Women’s Voices for the Earth
Missoula, Montana

  • Develop organizational theory of change and diversity statements.
  • Develop organizational diversity statement.
  • Engage partners, allies, and policy boosters in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

State Representative  (Feb 2015 - Present)
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments: Air & Climate Public Advisory Committee
Washington, DC

  • Advocate for the public interest in state level and federal comment processes.
  • Review public and private strategies for energy and natural resource conservation, and climate resiliency opportunities.
  • Advise regional elected officials in development of air quality plans and policies
  • Facilitate dialogue among diverse interest groups, the community and the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee (MWAQC)
  • Advise MWAQC in development of air quality plans and policies
  • Advise the Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee (CEEPC) in development of climate and energy related plans and policies

2015 Chesapeake Regional Fellow
Environmental Leadership Program
Washington, DC

  • Refinement of environmental leadership competencies including systems thinking, coalition building, and strengths based leadership modeling.
  • Peer relationship building across environmental sectors in the Chesapeake Region.

Energy Communications Manager (March 2014 - April 2015) 
Maryland Energy Administration
Annapolis, MD

  • Inter-agency liaison and public representative.
  • Developed, coordinated, and implemented all media and energy communications strategies for state level executive agency.
  • Led all outreach activities, developed public relations content using traditional and social media.
  • Administered agency communications budget, negotiated contracts for services, procurement.  
  • Researched and authored energy program and policy briefings for the Office of the Governor.
  • Supervised and mentored junior legislative and communications staff.
  • Brokered, managed, and implemented MEA’s largest outreach effort to date --Artscape 2014, (Baltimore, Maryland) with over 400,000, attendees, featuring main stage naming rights and designated outreach stations during three (3) day event. 

Assistant Community Liaison Worker/PAA (1999 - 2003)
NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Queens, NY

  • Drafted executive correspondence in the Bureau of Customer Services and Bureau Administrator.
  • Developed materials for community outreach events.
  • Analyzed customer service anomalies for water utility and state protection agency.
  • Conducted usage data mining and complaint investigations for local and state government officials.
  • Assistant to the Tax Lien Ombudswoman.
  • Transferred from College Aide Summer Employee (1999) to Full Time, Civil Servant upon passage of statewide examination.

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

Senior Law Clerk – Honorable Douglas A. Brady
U. S. Virgin Islands Superior Court of St. Croix
January 2012 - February 2013

  • Supported newly appointed Judge’s development of courtroom procedure, case management strategy (for docket of approximately 500 matters) trial practice techniques and judicial opinion writing.

Law Clerk – Honorable Julio A. Brady ( deceased )
U. S. Virgin Islands Superior Court of St. Croix
December 2011 - January 2012

  • Assisted two-term trial judge in review, research and drafting of precedential opinions and orders of the Court.  
  • Reviewed and investigated civil and criminal complaints, analyzed discovery evidence, identified finding of facts, drafted preliminary decision papers and presented recommendations to the Honorable Judge.

Judicial Extern – Honorable Richard M. Berman
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, New York, NY
September 2008 - December 2008

  • Diligently supported all aspects of day-to-day courtroom activities.
  • Researched legal issues and authored bench memos, decisions, and orders of the court.

ENVIRONMENTAL LEGAL EXPERIENCE

Law Clerk
Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment
San Francisco, CA
August 2009 - August 2010

  • Supported senior attorneys with litigation matters involving waste, pesticide, climate and environmental justice campaigns. 
  • Applied strategic planning and management skills toward promoting bi-lingual community outreach programs. 
  • Conducted intake interviews, pre-discovery, discovery data mining, as well as evaluating climate change regulations including CEQA, AB-32, SB-375 on behalf of community organizations in Kettleman City, Ca. 

Student Clinician
Environmental & Natural Resources Law Clinic
South Royalton, VT
January 2009 - May 2009

  • Strategically planned and coordinated projects, including researching, negotiating, and drafting Clean Air Act petitions to present to state and local governments on behalf of clients.
  • Served as an integral support member of the coal fired power plant litigation team.
  • Authored and submitted tax incentive and funding proposals for statewide salvage yard legislation.

Urban Program Intern
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
New York, NY
May 2008 - August 2008

  • Applied sharp legal acumen in assessing air pollution/solid waste issues and drinking water campaigns.
  • Drafted informational and persuasive legal documents in preparation for environmental justice litigation.

Environmental Justice Intern
U.S. EPA Office of Research & Development, Environmental Justice, Region 8
Denver, CO
May 2004 - August 2004

  • Performed environmental networking with federal and tribal government liaisons. Generated Geographic Information System maps of Region 8 toxics inventory. 
  • Supported capacity building/training on lead contamination issues in low income communities.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS & CIVIC ACTIVITIES

  • Environmental Community Resource, Coalition of Environmental Justice Women of Prince Georges County, MD 
  • Research Advisory Panelist, Climate Consortium of Maryland: 2014-2015
  • Judge, 2015 ABA SEER Law Student Writing Competition, American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources Section
  • Member, American Association of Blacks in Energy—Washington, DC
  • Member, Washington Council of Lawyers—Washington, DC 
  • Volunteer, Advocate Committee, Out4Sustainability—San Francisco, CA
  • Public Speaker,  Blogger, Contributor
  • Yoga enthusiast, modern art appreciator, and vegetarian foodie