Mekela Panditharatne is a Legal Fellow based in the Washington, D.C., office.
Prior to Earthjustice, Mekela worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council where she litigated environmental justice cases and worked on policy analyses related to water, toxics, and natural disasters. Mekela’s writing has been published in The New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN Opinion, Slate, and The Atlantic. She has co-authored nationally recognized reports and her writing has been entered into the Congressional Record in Congress. Mekela holds a J.D. from Yale Law School where she was an editor on the Yale Journal on Regulation.
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