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Marissa Knodel

Legislative Counsel

Issue Areas & Contact

  • Arctic Refuge
  • "Keep it in the ground"
  • Clean energy

Office Phone: (202) 745-5235

Marissa Knodel is a Legislative Counsel with the Policy & Legislation team in Washington, D.C. Her issue areas include oil and gas development, federal clean energy policies, and the Arctic. Prior to joining Earthjustice, Marissa ran the Keep It in the Ground campaign at Friends of the Earth, where she worked to stop new fossil fuel development on public lands and waters.

Marissa grew up in Minnesota, where her passion for environmental justice was sparked in high school during her participation in a grassroots-led fight to stop a tire burning plant from being built near her home town. That passion led her to pursue a dual J.D. and Master of Environmental Management degree at Vermont Law School and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her graduate research on the justice and legal implications of permanent relocation as a climate adaptation strategy took her to the United Nations climate negotiations in Qatar as part of the Grenada delegation, and to Alaska where she spent time in the Native Village of Kivalina.

When she’s not on Capitol Hill, Marissa enjoys endurance sports, martial arts, rock climbing, theatre and cooking.