LAURIE A. RISTINO, ESQ.
Laurie is an innovative and collaborative environmental leader, skilled at using strategic thinking, partnering, and creative problem-solving to scale change. She is the first Director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School, where she has built the most comprehensive law and policy program for sustainable food systems in the nation. Laurie has presented and published on a wide range of environmental and sustainability issues, including recent publication of A Changing Landscape: The Conservation Easement Reader by the Environmental Law Institute, as co-authored by Jessica Jay. She is an expert on farm bill conservation, environmental law and policy, and climate change, providing national commentary on the role of law in the food movement, as well as agriculture and its effect on the environment. Her work marries law and technology, media, and design to achieve collective impact for social change.
Prior to joining the faculty at Vermont Law School, Laurie practiced environmental law at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, D.C. for twenty years, advising both the Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service on myriad environmental issues and serving in various leadership positions. During her tenure with the USDA, Laurie helped preserve private lands in nearly every state in the Union.
Laurie holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, a J.D. from the University of Iowa, an M.P.A. from George Mason University, and a Certificate in Executive Leadership from American University.