Staci Rubin

Vice President, Environmental Justice CLF Massachusetts @Staci__Rubin

Staci Rubin is the Vice President, Environmental Justice at Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) where she partners with residents of historically marginalized communities to solve some of our biggest environmental challenges and works with staff across the organization to embed environmental justice throughout CLF’s culture.

As a CLF Senior Attorney for several years, Staci achieved several important victories using a community lawyering approach including a settlement agreement with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation that prioritizes bus riders and communities of color over wealthier commuters, elimination of fare disparities for cash-paying riders at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and securing a law to decriminalize public transit fare evasion.  She is an active member of the Massachusetts Environmental Justice Table, which secured the first environmental justice statute in Massachusetts.

Prior to CLF, she served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Senior Counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU). At DPU, Staci led the adjudication of a solar incentive program, implemented multiple net metering laws, and expanded public access to government records. Prior to joining DPU, Staci was Senior Attorney and Environmental Justice Legal Services Program Director at Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE), where she represented and advised community groups on environmental justice matters. During her ACE tenure, Staci provided legal representation to successful community-led campaigns challenging the siting of fossil fuel power plants and a dangerous rail transport proposal. She also partnered with community leaders to negotiate the Massachusetts Executive Order on Environmental Justice.

Staci earned a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law, Master of Public Health from Tufts University School of Medicine, Master of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School, and an undergraduate degree from New York University.  Staci thoroughly enjoys taking public transportation, gardening, composting, cooking with her family, and exploring and photographing nature.

Recent Posts

President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative Promises to Tackle Climate Injustice – But It Needs to Do Better for Communities of Color
For far too long, our governments have not invested in addressing the climate injustices faced by communities of color, low-income neighborhoods, and other historically disenfranchised populations. But that’s changing. New federal and state laws and policies require government agencies to invest in environmental justice populations. The details behind these requirements must recognize the primary predictor…
A Victory 32 Years in the Making
It’s a historic day in Massachusetts: For the first time since 1987, there’s a new subway branch on the MBTA train tracks. The Green Line extension has finally been extended into Somerville and is running trains to the city’s Union Square neighborhood. Trains on the Medford branch will begin in a few months. The reason this Green…
Environmental Justice is Racial Justice
Where we live affects how much pollution we experience each day. It affects how long our commute is, how hot our neighborhood gets in the summer, whether we can afford winter heating bills, how much or how little open space we have around us, and whether we have access to healthy homes, nourishing food, and…
MBTA Delays Undercut Access to Jobs and Economic Opportunity
If you ride the MBTA to work or school regularly, then this scenario will sound frustratingly familiar. You rush to your bus stop or train station, only to find out that it’s delayed – often with little information on what happened or how long you’ll have to wait. When your bus or train does arrive, you…
How To Strengthen 3 Bills That Can Cut Transportation Emissions
Transportation is the biggest source of planet-warming emissions in New England – which means we need to urgently overhaul how we move people and goods. Doing so also allows us to address decades of inequities imposed by transportation and the climate crisis on communities across the region. Those inequities include air pollution and the dangerous heat…


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