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

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…
Update: How Can the Next MBTA Governance Board Better Serve Riders?
This post was updated on July 30, 2021 After tireless advocacy from CLF and our partners, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed the state’s fiscal year 2021 supplemental budget which creates a new MBTA governing board. The new board will have seven members. One of those members must represent an environmental justice population, which is…
How to Make Transportation Safer During the Pandemic
The COVID-19 crisis is illuminating the importance of our transportation workers and systems. While our New England governors declared emergencies and issued stay-at-home directives, those orders exempted essential workers. Our bus drivers and train operators, public transit maintenance workers, and cleaning staff make it possible for other essential workers to get to work and for…
Higher T Costs, Poorer Service Doesn’t Add Up
This week, the price of getting around the Boston area went up. With the latest MBTA fare hikes, my daily commute to work on the Orange Line costs more, as do my coworkers’ rides on the T’s other lines and the commuter rail. The fare increase comes barely a month after two back-to-back derailments on…


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