Rich Schrader

Political Director, New York 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 preserved a million acres of wilderness, increased clean energy, expanded green jobs, increased ocean conservation, and was a leader in the successful effort to bring about a fracking ban in New York state. Prior to joining NRDC, he served as New York City's commissioner of consumer affairs, when 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.