Rachel Westrate is an Associate at Climate Advisers, where she specializes in forests and strategic litigation.
Rachel graduated from Harvard Law School in 2021. She served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Environmental Law Review and the Vice-President of the Environmental Law Society. During law school, Rachel worked for various human rights and environmental organizations, including the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA), the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Harvard International Human Rights Clinic. She was selected as a 2020 Polar Law Symposium fellow, where she authored an article on resilient governance in the Arctic and organized panels on human rights issues affecting Arctic indigenous communities. Rachel was also a contributing writer to LawFare Blog on climate change and security. Prior to law school, Rachel worked as a research assistant at the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C.
Rachel earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy and English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis.