Erica Kyzmir-McKeon

Staff Attorney CLF Massachusetts

Erica Kyzmir-McKeon is a Staff Attorney in CLF’s Clean Air & Water and Healthy Communities & Environmental Justice Programs. Before assuming the role of Staff Attorney, Erica was a Senior Fellow with CLF’s Farm & Food Program, where she coordinated the Rhode Island Legal Food Hub.

Prior to joining CLF, Erica worked as a public interest attorney with a focus on economic justice and consumer protection issues. Most recently she was a staff attorney for the Project on Predatory Student Lending at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, where she represented individuals who were defrauded by for-profit schools.

Erica received her JD from Brooklyn Law School, where she was an Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellow, and her BA in Cultural Anthropology from Haverford College. Erica is admitted to practice in New York and Maine, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. She lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband and daughter.

Recent Posts

6 Ways to Make Vermont’s Climate Action Plan Better
Transformational. Game-changing. Equitable. When Vermont unveils its Climate Action Plan in December, let’s make sure those are the words used to describe it – because there’s a lot resting on the outcome. The climate crisis is already here. Droughts and extreme weather are more common, putting stress on our water, land, and communities. Will the…
Our Explainer on What Just Happened on the Boston Waterfront
In early April, a Massachusetts Superior Court judge threw out a 2018 state plan intended to guide development along a section of Boston’s waterfront that stretches from Long Wharf to the old Northern Avenue Bridge. The process that led to that Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan violated decades-old laws governing the city’s waterfront – including…
Here’s What a Clean, Equitable Future Should Look Like in New England
An earlier version of this article was posted in October 2020. We all have a vision of what we want for our community. But the harsh reality is that those of us who live in low-income, immigrant, and communities of color have less agency to create that vision than those of us in whiter, wealthier…
What Do We Mean by Environmental Justice?
An earlier version of this article was posted in October 2020. For decades, low-income, immigrant, and communities of color across New England have been overburdened by air pollution from power plants, congested highways, and industrial facilities. These same burdens resulted in COVID-19 and its associated economic crisis taking a much heavier toll on these communities…
Building Communities That Thrive: A Conversation with Dr. Thea James
In the United States, your zip code is a powerful predictor of how long you live. For someone in Newton, Massachusetts, life expectancy extends well into the 90s. But drive just an hour south to New Bedford, and you’ll find it drops to an average of just 68 years old.  It’s tempting to boil down…


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