Leads

Justin Gundlach

Justin Gundlach

Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law

Justin Gundlach is a Senior Attorney at the Institute for Policy Integrity. His work focuses on state-level energy and climate policy. He is the co-editor, along with Michael Burger, of Climate Change, Public Health, and the Law (Cambridge University Press, 2018), and the author of numerous articles, book chapters, white papers, and amicus briefs on legal and policy issues related to the impacts of energy use on the climate and of climate change on infrastructure and public health. Before joining Policy Integrity, Justin was a member of the Policy Development team at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a Staff Attorney at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, a Staff Attorney and Clinical Teaching Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center’s environmental litigation clinic, and an associate at Crowell & Moring LLP. He received an L.L.M. with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. cum laude from NYU School of Law, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. magna cum laude from Wesleyan University.
Jack Lienke

Jack Lienke

Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law

Jack Lienke is the Regulatory Policy Director of the Institute for Policy Integrity and an adjunct professor at the New York University School of Law, where he co-teaches the Regulatory Policy Clinic. Jack’s work at Policy Integrity focuses on federal environmental and administrative law. He has participated in dozens of regulatory proceedings before a wide range of federal agencies and filed amicus briefs supporting environmental, health, and consumer protections before numerous federal courts.

Jack has particular expertise in the U.S. Clean Air Act and, with Richard L. Revesz, wrote the book Struggling for Air: Power Plants and the “War on Coal” (Oxford University Press 2016), which chronicled five decades of efforts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate deadly air pollution from coal-fired power plants. He has also published commentary on environmental and health policy in a variety of news outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Hill, Stat, and Grist. Prior to joining Policy Integrity, Jack worked as a litigation associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and a law clerk to the Honorable Janet C. Hall of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. He holds a J.D., cum laude, from NYU Law and a B.A., with general honors, from Vassar College, and he is an M.B.A. candidate at the NYU Stern School of Business.

Michael Panfil

Michael Panfil

Environmental Defense Fund

Michael Panfil is the Lead Counsel and Director of Climate Risk Strategies at Environmental Defense Fund, where he leads the development and implementation of climate risk management and resilience strategies. His work focuses on federal and state projects and cases aimed at reducing climate-destabilizing emissions and revealing the consequences of climate change across the U.S. economy. Michael engages before energy and financial regulators as well as before federal courts across the country to advance durable solutions and sustainable practices. Michael also researches and advances legal theory focused on the increasing impacts of climate change in the context of foundational and longstanding duties and obligations under law.

In addition to serving with Environmental Defense Fund, Michael is an Adjunct Professorial Lecturer at American University, Washington College of Law, where he teaches energy law. He also teaches at Howard University, School of Law, where he lectures on environmental law. Prior to joining Environmental Defense Fund, Michael spent time with the White House, Council on Environmental Quality and United Nations.

Jim Rossi

Jim Rossi

Vanderbilt Law School

Jim Rossi is the Judge D.L. Lansden Chair in Law at Vanderbilt Law School and is nationally recognized for his research on administrative and energy law topics. His recent articles focus on the role of public utility doctrines and principles in modern energy markets, as well as federalism and other shared jurisdictional issues affecting agency regulation. His books include Energy, Economics and the Environment (4th edition, Foundation Press, 2015, with Joel Eisen, Emily Hammond, David Spence, Jacqueline Weaver and Hannah Wiseman); Regulatory Bargaining and Public Law (Cambridge University Press, 2005); and an edited collection of essays, Dual Enforcement of Constitutional Norms: The New Frontier of State Constitutionalism (Oxford University Press, 2010, with James Gardner). Professor Rossi served as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States' Committee on Collaborative Governance project on Improving Coordination of Related Agency Responsibilities, which resulted in a set of recommendations adopted by the conference on how agencies should coordinate.

Before joining Vanderbilt's law faculty, he was the Harry M. Walborsky Professor and associate dean for research at Florida State University College of Law. Professor Rossi has also taught as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, the University of Texas School of Law and the University of North Carolina School of Law. Before entering the legal academy, he practiced energy law in Washington, D.C. Professor Rossi was the law school's 2013-14 FedEx Research Professor.

Romany Webb

Romany Webb

Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Romany Webb is an Associate Research Scholar at Columbia Law School and Senior Fellow at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. Romany’s research focuses on two primary areas: (1) energy and (2) negative emissions technologies. Romany’s energy-related research explores how legal and policy tools can be used to minimize the climate impacts of energy development as well the impacts of climate change on energy infrastructure. Romany also researches legal issues associated with the development and deployment of negative emissions technologies on land and in the oceans. She serves on the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Ocean Carbon Dioxide Removal and Sequestration. She is also a vice chair of the Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources.

Prior to joining the Sabin Center, Romany worked at the University of California Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute, researching executive authority to combat climate change. Romany also completed a fellowship with the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where she researched energy policy. The fellowship followed several years working in private practice in Sydney, Australia.

Romany received an LL.M., with a certificate of specialization in environmental law, from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. She also holds an LL.B., awarded with first class honors, from the University of New South Wales (Australia).

Expert Advisory Board

Michael Burger

Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Michael Burger is the Executive Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, where he leads a dynamic team that is at the forefront of domestic and international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote climate change adaptation through pollution control, resource management, land use planning and green finance. Past and present projects involve collaborations with local and national environmental groups and government representatives, as well as international organizations such as the United Nations Environment Program, the United Nations Development Program, and the International Red Cross. Michael is a widely published scholar, a frequent speaker at conferences and symposiums, and a regular source for media outlets. He has taught at Columbia Law School, NYU Law School and Roger Williams School of Law, and has lead short courses on climate change and human rights in the Hague and Grand Cayman. He is also a co-founder and member of the Environmental Law Collaborative. Michael is Of Counsel at Sher Edling LLP, a boutique plaintiffs firm that represents states, cities, public agencies, and businesses in high-impact, high-value environmental cases.

Prior to joining the Sabin Center Michael was an associate professor at Roger Williams University School of Law, where he taught environmental law, administrative law, and law and literature, and was founder and director of the Environmental and Land Use Law Clinical Externship program. He previously taught in the Lawyering Program at New York University School of Law, and served as an attorney in the Environmental Law Division of New York City’s Office of the Corporation Counsel. Michael is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an articles editor for the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law; and of Brown University, where he graduated magna cum laude and received the Ratcliffe Hicks Prize for highest standing in language and literature. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Creative Writing program at NYU.

Robert Engle

Robert Engle

New York University Stern School of Business

Robert Engle, the Michael Armellino Professor of Finance at New York University Stern School of Business, was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Economics for his research on the concept of autoregressive conditional heteroskedasticity (ARCH). He developed this method for statistical modeling of time-varying volatility and demonstrated that these techniques accurately capture the properties of many time series. Professor Engle shared the prize with Clive W. J. Granger of the University of California at San Diego.

Professor Engle is an expert in time series analysis with a long-standing interest in the analysis of financial markets. His ARCH model and its generalizations have become indispensable tools not only for researchers, but also for analysts of financial markets. Many of these methods are now featured in the innovative public web site, V-LAB, where daily estimates of volatilities and correlations for more than a thousand assets can be found. These forecasts use both traditional and state of the art statistical methods. These computations are used in evaluating portfolio risk, asset allocation, derivative pricing and systemic risk measures now incorporated in the NYU Stern Systemic Risk Rankings. His research has produced such innovative statistical methods as cointegration, common features, autoregressive conditional duration (ACD), CAViaR, and DCC models. Now multiplicative error models (MEM) and factor spline garch (FSG) combine these into ever more powerful statistical tools.

Professor Engle is the Director of the NYU Stern Volatility Institute and a co-founding president of the Society for Financial Econometrics (SoFiE), a global non-profit organization housed at NYU. Before joining NYU Stern in 2000, he was Chancellor’s Associates Professor and Economics Department Chair at the University of California, San Diego and Associate Professor of Economics at MIT. He is a member of the National Academy of Science.

He received his Bachelor of Science from Williams College and his MS in Physics and PhD in Economics from Cornell University. He grew up in Media, Pennsylvania, spent 25 years in San Diego and now lives in New York City.

Namrita Kapur

Namrita Kapur

Yale School of Management

Namrita Kapur is Lecturer in the Practice of Management at the Yale School of Management. Namrita combines a unique mix of traditional finance skills from her time in investment banking with environmental, social and governance (ESG) impact assessment experience as a senior leader in the nonprofit space. She advises the National Geographic Society on its philanthropic impact investing strategy; and, consults to several philanthropists, including founders of one of the oldest venture capital firms and of a Fortune 500 company. She is also a Resident Fellow at the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY).

Namrita began her capital markets focus by launching and leading the alternative energy franchise at the investment bank Adams, Harkness & Hill, now Canaccord Genuity. She is best recognized for being second-in-command in developing the products and platform of Root Capital – an early leader of the impact investing space. As former Managing Director at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), she built and led EDF’s Sustainable Finance strategy.

In her entrée to philanthropy, Namrita developed and implemented Eileen Rockefeller Family Foundation’s approach to organizational development. This involved establishing a partnership with the Ford Foundation’s $1 billion BUILD program and working closely with grantees to develop 3-year business plans and organizational strengthening strategies. In parallel, she helped convene and coordinate $75 million of annual global grant-making across 40+ funders worldwide to transition to a clean energy future.

Namrita is an angel investor in the Portfolia fund of funds, which focuses on educating and activating female angel investors. She is also a member of Pipeline Angels, since graduating from their angel investing boot camp.

She serves on the Boards of Environmental League of Massachusetts, Center for Business & Environment at Yale, IE-Brown Executive MBA Program, and the Museum of Science. She holds an MBA and a MA of Environmental Management from Yale University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology from Princeton. As a mother of two strong girls, she enjoys imbuing them with her love of foreign languages and is teaching them Hindi and Spanish.

Suedeen Kelly

Jenner & Block

Suedeen G. Kelly is a highly recognized energy practitioner and former commissioner with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She represents a variety of clients in the electric and natural gas industries on business, regulatory, litigation, enforcement and policy matters such as electricity and gas markets, renewable energy, electricity transmission, natural gas and oil infrastructure, LNG, electricity reliability standards, hydro licensing, carbon emissions, smart grid, energy efficiency and distributed generation.

Ms. Kelly’s knowledge of the national electric and natural gas industries includes significant experience in infrastructure development and operation, market structures and financial products, emerging technologies, federal and state laws and regulations, impending policy changes and domestic/international market interrelations. She is an experienced litigator on energy and environmental matters in federal and state courts.

Nominated by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama to three terms as a FERC Commissioner, Ms. Kelly resolved 7,000 disputes with published Commission decisions and personally authored 100 separate statements during her tenure. She is credited with spearheading change in numerous regulatory policies, including transmission interconnection and planning reform, integration and deployment of renewables and smart technology into the grid, the inclusion of smart grid demonstration grants in the stimulus effort, and natural gas quality standards.

Ms. Kelly was recently appointed to the board of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and has served as chair of energy industry practices at two international law firms. She served as regulatory counsel for the California Independent System Operator, and in 1999, she worked as a legislative aide to Senator Jeff Bingaman, then the ranking member of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee. For more than 15 years, she was a professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law where she taught energy law, utility regulation, administrative law and legislative process. She also served as chairwoman and commissioner for the New Mexico Public Service Commission and was a lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council and US Environmental Protection Agency.

Vickie Patton

Environmental Defense Fund

Vickie Patton serves as Environmental Defense Fund’s General Counsel and leads its U.S. Clean Air Program. For over thirty years, she has worked with partners to secure landmark national and state protections addressing climate and air pollution, participated in numerous successful climate and clean air cases to protect human health and the environment, and testified before congressional and state legislative committees.

Prior to EDF, she served in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of General Counsel where she implemented the historic 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments and received the Gold Medal for Exceptional Service. She has received the Air & Waste Management Association’s Richard Beatty Mellon Environmental Stewardship Award, the Wirth Chair Award for Creative Collaborations in Sustainability, and the Healthy Community Award received from her local health department for her efforts to address mercury air pollution. Vickie is a co-founder of Moms Clean Air Force, serves on the Boards of the Environmental Law Institute and Earthshot, and in 2013 was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.

Richard L. Revesz

New York University School of Law

Richard Revesz is the AnBryce Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus at New York University School of Law. He also directs the Institute for Policy Integrity. Revesz is one of the nation’s leading voices in the fields of environmental and regulatory law and policy. He has published ten books and around 80 articles in major law reviews and journals advocating for protective and rational climate change and environmental policies, and examining the institutional contexts in which regulatory policy is made.

After judicial clerkships with Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court, Revesz joined the NYU faculty in 1985 and served as Dean from 2002-13. In 2008, Revesz founded the Institute for Policy Integrity. He is also the director of the American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the U.S. producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law; a senior fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States; and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Revesz received a B.S. summa cum laude from Princeton University, an M.S. in civil engineering from MIT, and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal.

Raya Salter, Esq.

WE ACT for Environmental Justice, NYS Climate Action Council

Raya Salter is an attorney, consultant, educator and clean energy law and policy expert with a focus on energy and climate justice. She serves as Senior Advisor to WE ACT for Environmental Justice’s Justice40 Initiative. Raya is a member of the New York State Climate Action Council, the body that is developing the plan to implement the nation's leading climate law.

Raya is an experienced advocate, having practiced energy law and regulation in multiple jurisdictions, including New York and Hawaii. She has written widely on energy policy, and her book, "Energy Justice, Domestic and International Perspectives" was released by Edward Elgar in 2018.

Ms. Salter is an adjunct professor of law at Fordham University School of Law. She serves as Board Member for EESI and as an Advisory Board Member for Evergreen Action. Raya is also a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law and co-chair of the Climate Change Energy Transitions Subgroup.

In previous roles, Raya was the Lead Policy Organizer for the NY Renews Climate Justice Coalition, a Senior Attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council and a Regulatory Attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund, where she worked to engage utilities, regulators, policy makers, and opinion leaders to foster clean and renewable grid modernization.

Prior to becoming an environmental advocate, Raya worked as a regulatory attorney at the law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf in New York City, representing energy industry participants in matters relating to regulation by state public utility commissions and federal agencies, transactions involving energy assets, participation in organized electric markets and inter and intra-state transmission.

Ms. Salter is published in the field of electricity law and regulation. Her articles have appeared in publications including the Electricity Journal and ElectricityPolicy.com. She has also written white papers for the World Bank and the Galvin Electricity Initiative.

Before becoming a lawyer, Ms. Salter worked in community-based organizations teaching technology to youth and adults and developing summer and after school programming. Ms. Salter has a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and a B.A. in economics from Wesleyan University.

Raya Salter has over 20 years of experience as a lawyer and advocate working for the nation's most prominent firms, environmental and social service organizations.

Michael P. Vandenbergh

Vanderbilt Law School

Michael P. Vandenbergh is the David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair in Law; Director, Climate Change Research Network; Co-director, Energy, Environment and Land Use Program; and a leading scholar in environmental and energy law whose research explores the relationship between formal legal regulation and informal social regulation of individual and corporate behavior. His work with Vanderbilt’s Climate Change Research Network involves interdisciplinary teams that focus on the reduction of carbon emissions from the individual and household sector. His corporate work explores private environmental governance and the influence of social norms on firm behavior and the ways in which private contracting can enhance or undermine public governance.

Before joining Vanderbilt’s law faculty, Professor Vandenbergh was a partner at a national law firm in Washington, D.C. He served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1993 to 1995. He began his career as a law clerk for Judge Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1987-88. In addition to directing Vanderbilt’s Climate Change Research Network, Professor Vandenbergh serves as co-director of the law school’s Energy, Environment and Land Use Program. He was named a David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law in fall 2013. A recipient of the Hall-Hartman Teaching Award, he teaches courses in environmental law, energy, and property. Professor Vandenbergh has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School and at Harvard Law School. He is a fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers and a member of the Board on Environmental Change and Society of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

David Victor

School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego

David Victor is a professor of innovation and public policy at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego. He is the Center for Global Transformation Endowed Chair in Innovation and Public Policy. Victor is also the Co-director of the campus-wide Deep Decarbonization Initiative, which focuses on real world strategies for bringing the world to nearly zero emissions of warming gases. Victor is also an adjunct professor in Climate, Atmospheric Science & Physical Oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Prior to joining the faculty at UC San Diego, Victor was a professor at Stanford Law School where he taught energy and environmental law.

His research focuses on regulated industries and how regulation affects the operation of major energy markets. Much of his research is at the intersection of climate change science and policy. Victor authored "Global Warming Gridlock," which explains why the world hasn't made much diplomatic progress on the problem of climate change while also exploring new strategies that would be more effective. The book was recognized by The Economist as one of the best books of 2011.

Victor was a convening lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations-sanctioned international body with 195 country members that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Victor has been tapped by Southern California Edison to lead the company’s Community Engagement Panel for decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant. According to utility officials, he was chosen to lead the panel because he has the vision, leadership and experience to bring together a diverse group of concerned people. Victor, in 2016, was appointed to Co-Chair, The Brookings Institution, Initiative on Energy and Climate. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Energy, where his work focuses on the role of natural gas as a transition fuel to deep decarbonization as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2020, Victor was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest and most esteemed honorary societies in the nation.

At UC San Diego, Victor and researchers at the Deep Decarbonization Initiative work at the intersection of science, technology and policy. They are focused on helping the world cut emissions of warming gases given the very real technology, economic and political constraints that exist.

Team Members

Dena Adler

Dena Adler

Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law

Jacob Elkin

Columbia Law School's Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Noha Haggag

Environmental Defense Fund

Stephanie Jones

Environmental Defense Fund

Sarah Ladin

Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law

Gabriel Malek

Environmental Defense Fund

Bridget Pals

Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law

Alex Song

Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law

Jessica Wentz

Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

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