Rachel Dunn

Rachel Dunn is a Senior Researcher at JFB Legal. Rachel uses her background in science and policy to close the divide between scientific findings and their implications. Energy, transportation, and pollution are among the issues she has addressed through interdisciplinary research and communication. She has applied her knowledge in the research, non-profit, government, and now, legal arenas. Rachel’s interests include behavioral and environmental modeling as tools for answering policy questions. Rachel was invited to present her independent research at a noted scientific conference.


  • Bard College, Center for Environmental Policy, M.S., Climate Science and Policy, 2020
    • Rachel Carson Award for capstone project with a high quality of research and potential for policy impact. Presenter, International Environmental Modeling and Software Society Conference, The Prediction of Violent Conflict under Environmental Change.
  • University of North Carolina, B.S., Atmospheric Science, 2018, cum laude
    • Model United Nations, Treasurer
    • Blue Ridge Orchestra, Assistant Concertmaster

Intern, Office of Global Change, U.S. Department of State, Washington D.C. (Sept 2019 – Dec 2019)

  • Supported US climate negotiators by researching domestic and international developments in renewable energy, carbon mitigation, and climate resilience.

Executive Assistant Intern, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Takoma Park, MD (June 2019 – Aug 2019)

  • Assisted in the development of a Clean Energy Mandate campaign for the state of Virginia by drawing on existing legislation, potential endorsements, and local climate impacts.

Intern, National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center, Asheville, NC (Jan 2017 – May 2018)

  • Wrote case studies for the US Climate Resilience Toolkit, informing community leaders about climate resilience programs in place across the country and emphasizing solutions to problems climate change presents to US residents.

  • The National Association of Legal Assistants