The Advisory Council is composed of leaders across a range of sectors and are independent from the attorneys general with whom we work. The views and guidance of the council assist the Center in making an impact, consistent with our mission as a non-partisan and independent academic center.
Advisory Council Chair
Lawrence King Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus, New York University School of Law
Richard Revesz is one of the nation’s leading voices in the fields of environmental and regulatory law and policy. His work focuses on the use of cost-benefit analysis in administrative regulation, federalism and environmental regulation, design of liability regimes for environmental protection, and positive political economy analysis of environmental regulation. His book Retaking Rationality: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environment and Our Health (with Michael Livermore ’06; 2008) contends that the economic analysis of law can be used to support a more protective approach to environmental and health policy. In 2008, Revesz co-founded the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law to advocate for regulatory reform before courts, legislatures, and agencies, and to contribute original scholarly research in the environmental and health-and-safety areas. Revesz received a BS summa cum laude from Princeton University, an MS in civil engineering from MIT, and a JD from Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. After judicial clerkships with Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the US Supreme Court, Revesz joined the NYU School of Law faculty in 1985 and served as dean from 2002 to 2013. Revesz is the director of the American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a senior fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States.
Advisory Council Members
Former New York Attorney General; Senior Counsel, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Robert Abrams served as the 60th Attorney General of New York, as well as being a member of the New York State Assembly and the Borough President of the Bronx. As AG, Abrams championed consumer rights and environmental protection. After 15 years of service as AG, Abrams joined Stroock & Stroock & Lavan as a partner. In 1996, the NYU School of Law established the Attorney General Robert Abrams Public Service Lecture, and in 2009, the Albany Justice Building was renamed the Robert Abrams Building for Law and Justice. He also served as president of the National Association of Attorneys General, on the New York City Charter Revision Commission, on the Board of the United Nations Development Corporation, and as a member of the Advisory Council for the Retired Attorney Pro Bono Program. Most recently his memoir was published: “The Luckiest Guy in the World: My Journey in Politics.”
Former Arizona Attorney General; President, Raintree Ventures
Bruce Babbitt is a lifelong conservationist with decades of experience addressing complex natural resource issues. Serving as attorney general of Arizona from 1975 to 1978, followed by governor from 1978 to 1987, Babbitt brought environmental and resource management issues to the forefront in Arizona. He was instrumental in negotiating ground-breaking water management agreements and was responsible for the creation of the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality as well as a major expansion of the state park system. Appointed as secretary of the Department of the Interior by President Clinton in 1993, Babbitt served for eight years, during which time he led the creation of the forest plan in the Pacific Northwest, restoration of the Florida Everglades, passage of the California Desert Protection Act, and legislation for the National Wildlife Refuge System. He pioneered the use of habitat conservation plans under the Endangered Species Act and worked with President Clinton to create 22 new national monuments, including the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah. Babbitt is the author of Cities in the Wilderness (Island Press), in which he lays out a new vision of land use in America.
CEO, FirstLight Power
Alicia Barton is the Chief Executive Officer of FirstLight Power, the largest clean power provider operating in New England today, with over 1,400 megawatts of hydroelectric, solar, and energy-storage assets in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Ms. Barton served most recently as President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority for three years and before that as CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. She also co-chaired the Energy and Cleantech Practice at Foley Hoag LLP and served as Chief of Operations for SunEdison’s global utility business unit.
Frankie Sue Del Papa
Former Nevada Attorney General
Frankie Sue Del Papa resides in Reno, Nevada. She is a lawyer whose public service includes one term as an elected member of the Board of Regents for the University of Nevada System of Higher Education; one term as Nevada Secretary of State and three terms as Nevada Attorney General. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno and the National Law Center of The George Washington University.
Director, Fix, the Climate Solutions Lab at Grist
Lisa Garcia is the Director of Fix, the Climate Solutions Lab at Grist, where she spearheads initiatives to bring together leaders from around the country and to help to accelerate climate solutions. Prior to joining Grist, Lisa served as the Vice President of Litigation at Earthjustice, where she worked to protect communities and families from toxic pesticides, factory pollution, chemical dumping, and other pollution issues. During the Obama administration, Lisa worked at the EPA, serving as Senior Advisor to the Administrator and Associate Assistant Administrator for Environmental Justice. In that role, she helped draft and implement Plan EJ 2014, the agency’s blueprint for integrating environmental justice in its policies and programs. Lisa also served as chief advocate for environmental justice and equity at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and was the Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York.
Director, Federal Policy Office, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Dana Johnson is a cross-industry strategist with a history of supporting organizations in moving from vision to action to successful results. Currently she serves as Director of the Federal Policy Office of WE ACT for Environmental Justice and leads an advocacy, regulatory and policy-setting team. She has successfully helped shape the environmental industry narrative in the areas of clean air, healthy homes, water quality, energy democracy, and transportation standards. A sought after thought leader, Dana has moderated conversations about equitable policy-making on behalf of the New York Bar Association and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Water Club. She also conceptualized and co-hosted an environmental justice education series on Clubhouse titled All Heat, No Shade. This series built awareness of President Biden's Climate Executive Orders and his "whole of government" approach to addressing environmental justice and the climate crisis. Dana is known for advising corporate executives and supporting grassroots leaders in achieving issue advocacy goals - from health and science causes to climate and environmental justice to cultural competence and diversity and inclusion leadership. Her capacity-building and relationship management acumen has allowed her to serve in diverse executive leadership roles and helped businesses and nonprofit organizations achieve operational excellence. Dana has been a featured guest on SAVVY: The Business Podcast, and Move: A Podcast for Women on the Go as well as the web series Buy Black 4 Life. Dana is a Board Member of Green 2.0 - a non-profit organization that believes that the voices and leadership of a powerful environmental movement must be as diverse as the causes’ it champions. She and her husband live in the Washington, DC area where they are continually aspiring toward a 100 percent toxic-free home environment.
Former Idaho Attorney General
Jim Jones is a former Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court and Attorney General of Idaho. During his eight-year tenure as Idaho Attorney General, Jim successfully battled the State’s largest electric utility over control of the Snake River, resulting in the modernization of Idaho’s water law and an adjudication of the Snake River. He received the ADL's Torch of Liberty award in 1987 for his work against white supremacists. In addition to Jones’ extensive legal background, he has been actively involved in his community, serving on numerous boards and committees in Idaho. He also dedicates time to pro bono work for the local refugee community. Jones received his J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law and a B.A. in political science from the University of Oregon. Following law school, he served as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, receiving a number of combat decorations.
President, Rakon Energy LLC
Rao Konidena is the President of Rakon Energy LLC, where he acts as an independent consultant focused on providing policy and testimony support, business development, and training in wholesale energy markets. Prior to starting Rakon Energy in 2018, Rao was a Principal Advisor for Policy Studies at Midcontinent ISO working on energy storage and distributed energy resources. Rao volunteers as an engineering mentor for middle school students participating in the Future City competition. Rao also serves on the boards of the Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association, Ever-Green Energy, and the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce – Minnesota.
Director, Energy Innovation
Veery Maxwell is a Director at Energy Innovation. She focuses on regulatory, financial, and legal due diligence on technology companies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions at scale. Veery is a member of the California Bar, having earned a J.D. degree with honors from UC Hastings School of the Law where she focused on environmental issues. She was Managing Editor of West-Northwest, the Hastings environmental law and policy journal, and wrote and published on regulatory barriers for clean energy technologies. Veery received a B.A. degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a double major in finance and international business. Previously, Veery worked for The Nature Conservancy, ClimateWorks Foundation, and the environmental law division of Union Pacific. She serves on the boards of several companies and nonprofits, including Element Analytics, Streetlight Data, Sunfolding, Voltus, WaterSmart Software, and Clean Energy Trust.
Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Kevin Poloncarz is a partner at Covington & Burling LLP and co-chair of the firm’s Environmental and Energy Practice Group and Energy Industry Group. He is recognized as among the leading climate change lawyers in the U.S. and works on matters involving federal and state climate policy, carbon markets, clean energy and ESG/sustainability. He has represented electric utilities seeking to defend strong air quality and climate protections, including in litigation challenging efforts to weaken mercury and air toxics standards for power plants and state and federal tailpipe standards for cars and trucks. In 2020, he, along with New York’s deputy solicitor general, argued the main statutory point upon which the D.C. Circuit vacated EPA’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan. Kevin is a fellow and regent of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, a member of the board of directors of both the Environmental Law Institute and the Center for Applied Environmental Law and Policy, and on the advisory board of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law. He spends most of his time in Napa, where he lives with his husband and two rescue dogs and tends a flock of chickens and hobby orchard.
Partner, Foley Hoag LLP
Noah Shaw is a partner at Foley Hoag’s energy and climate practice, where he provides guidance on the legal, regulatory and policy issues that make up the renewable energy economy's landscape. He concentrates on renewable energy project development, contracting, acquisition, sustainable development and clean technology practices. Noah previously held the position of General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Directors at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). In this role, Noah was a senior member of New York State’s energy team and guided policy formation and designed program structures related to New York state's Clean Energy Standard, New York state’s Offshore Wind program, New York state's Green Bank, The NY-Sun solar program, and more. Noah is also a former U.S. Department of Energy Senior Legal Advisor.
Sarah M. Herring Professor of Law | Director, Environmental and Energy LLM Program at NYU School of Law
Katrina Wyman is the Sarah Herring Sorin Professor of Law, and the Director of the Environmental and Energy LLM Program at NYU School of Law. Born and raised in Canada, Wyman has a BA, MA, and LLB from the University of Toronto and an LLM from Yale Law School. Before joining NYU School of Law in 2002, she was a research fellow at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2001-02. Wyman’s research interests fall into three categories: property law, natural resources law and policy, and global attempts to redress historical injustices. She has undertaken case studies of the evolution of emissions trading, and property rights in fisheries and taxi licenses. She also has worked on the Endangered Species Act and the policy and legal responses to the possibility that climate change might prompt large-scale human migration.