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Director of Research and Partnerships, Conservation Law Foundation

Dr. Tracy Corley is the Director of Research and Partnerships at CLF, supporting scientific practice and partnerships across the organization. Dr. Corley brings experience in research, public policy, law, and sustainability to her role and thrives on bringing people together to tackle the systemic issues that drive conservation and environmental justice. Dr. Corley also teaches part-time at Northeastern University, is a Grist Fixer, and is a Biden-administration appointee to the Social and Community Science subcommittee of the EPA’s Board of Scientific Councilors (BOSC).

Prior to joining CLF, Dr. Corley served as the Transit-Oriented Development Fellow at MassINC, where she conducted research and convened stakeholders to promote equitable development in Massachusetts’ Gateway and regional cities. Her time at MassINC followed her mid-career graduate studies, when she researched the economic development potential of New England cities at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, then split her time between Boston and the German Rhineland investigating informal work in Germany’s skilled trades and crafts sector. She also has lived in Seattle, Washington, where she conducted strategic planning and coordinated a participatory research program for formerly incarcerated workers at Seattle Jobs Initiative; founded two consulting firms that helped advance clean technologies, sustainable development, and energy efficiency; and advocated for inclusive economic development as Vice-Chair of Small Business for the Seattle Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees. She has also worked as an architect and designer in Washington state and South Carolina.

Dr. Corley holds a B.A. in Architecture from Clemson University and both an M.S. in Public Policy and a Ph.D. in Law and Public Policy from Northeastern University.