Rich Schrader

New York Political Director, NY Regional, Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program

A veteran environmental and political strategist, Rich Schrader, who represents NRDC in Albany, New York, has led campaigns and legislative efforts that have collectively expanded clean energy programs, expanded green jobs, and increased ocean conservation. He has been a leader in the successful efforts to bring about a fracking ban in New York state, institute a ban on fossil fuel drilling in the Atlantic, pass a food waste recycling bill, create the nation’s first comprehensive congestion pricing system, and pass New York State’s comprehensive climate law that codifies the state’s goal of 100% clean energy by 2040. Prior to joining NRDC, he served as New York City's commissioner of consumer affairs, where he led one of the nation’s first law-enforcement actions prohibiting the sale of tobacco to minors. He is a graduate of Fordham University and holds a master’s in journalism from Boston University.