Rich Schrader

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

Rich Schrader is a veteran New York environmental and political strategist who leads NRDC’s Albany advocacy. He has helped secure a broad range of legislative and administrative wins that have elevated New York State’s national climate and environmental leadership. In terms of climate and clean energy, these successes include New York’s seminal 2014 fracking ban, a prohibition on offshore drilling in the Atlantic, the state’s nation-leading climate law that mandates 100% clean energy by 2040, and the multi-state rejection of the Williams Pipeline. He also helped achieve a statewide ban on ivory, the first congestion pricing plan in the U.S., a landmark food waste recycling law, and a number of other successful campaigns to protect children’s health and endangered species.

Prior to joining NRDC, he was appointed as New York City's commissioner of consumer affairs by Mayor David Dinkins, where he led one of the nation’s first law-enforcement actions prohibiting the sale of tobacco to minors. During his tenure, he managed the most extensive consumer affairs enforcement action, shutting down a ring of gas stations that conspired in a multimillion-dollar price gouging scheme. He also co-chaired the task force that designed the first commercial recycling regulations in New York City. City & State mentioned him as part of its 2019 list of New York’s top energy and environment power players. He is a graduate of Fordham University and holds a master’s in journalism from Boston University.