Rafael Mares

Vice President and Director, Healthy Communities and Environmental Justice CLF Massachusetts @rafaelmares2

Rafael Mares is Vice President and Director, Healthy Communities and Environmental Justice. He joined CLF in 2009. For 10 years, prior to joining CLF, Rafael served as a clinical instructor and lecturer on law at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, where he founded the Healthy Homes and Environmental Justice Project. Before and during law school, Rafael worked on environmental justice issues in Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Boston. Rafael holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.S. in Integrated Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. He is admitted to the bar in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.


Recent Posts

MBTA Raises the Specter of Fare Hikes (Again)
The MBTA is crying wolf… again, predicting a deficit of $111 million in its next fiscal budget. The potential solution? Raise fares on riders, again. Governor Baker seems to agree, stating on Valentine’s Day that the MBTA should be discussing a fare increase. I’m not sure that was the best way to spread the love, especially to…
Green Line Extension Back on Track
CLF has been steadfast in our push for the Green Line extension (GLX), but making it a reality has been a rollercoaster ride with twists and turns that threatened to derail this critical public transportation project before it could get off the ground. However, last week, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) took a significant…
We’re Not Waiting for Trump’s Promised Infrastructure Investment
If there was one issue where candidate Donald Trump seemed to offer a promise that both sides of the aisle could get behind, it was his vow to spend $1 trillion on public works over the next decade. It would be an investment, he said, in repairing and upgrading the nation’s transportation systems. Unlike the…
Open Letter to New MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez
Dear General Manager Ramirez, Congratulations on your new job and welcome to Boston! I’m sure you already have your hands full at the T, so I won’t take up much of your time, but I’m hoping to be able to give you a small head start on your first day. I was thrilled to hear…
Commuter Rail Expansion Should Help All, Not Hurt Some
In a recent national article, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) was lauded for developing a commuter rail line that serves primarily low-income, working-class riders in communities of color, when throughout the United States commuter rail almost exclusively caters to affluent, white suburbanites. The article notes that the MBTA’s Fairmount Line could be a national…

 

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