Lauren Kurtz started as the Director of NYCELLI in 2016. In addition to her role as NYCELLI's Director, Lauren is the Executive Director the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF), which works to defend climate scientists from political harassment and frivolous litigation. Lauren received her J.D. and Master's in Environmental Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, and her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College. She is a 2013 graduate of the NYCELLI program.