Director, Community Strategies, Environment, Equity & Justice Center
Marissa Ramirez works with neighbors and local leaders in communities of color on the inclusive development of tools and strategies for a more equitable and sustainable future. She fosters a collaborative basis for leveraging community knowledge and strategic analysis to meaningfully adapt and collectively design solutions that advance local priorities. She has led numerous multidisciplinary research projects and publications, including uncovering the links between climate change, displacement, and gentrification in U.S. cities. Ramirez brings over 15 years of experience in equitable development and community resilience. She serves on the board of directors for the Montgomery County Green Bank, supporting residents and businesses in her community. She has a master’s in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she focused on urban environmental economics. She also holds a bachelor of science degree in biology from Yale University. Previously, Ramirez was a scientist at the National Institute of Health and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and continues to bring both her passion for human and environmental health to her professional work in communities. She is based in NRDC’s Washington, D.C., office.