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Masters of Environmental law and policyMolly Mimier

"I didn't want my debt to make career decisions for me. A lot of new law school graduates are contract attorneys . . . it ended up being wonderful for me."

Molly Mimier has traveled a long way to her position in Lima, Peru, as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Growing up in Seattle, she got homesick easily and had no interest in going abroad. She imagined a career as an artistic director of her own theater in her hometown. But then her older sister studied abroad for a semester and Mimier decided to do the same. She enrolled in Semester at Sea, a floating university that travels the world, and was deeply affected by what she saw in developing countries. Read more


fucciJeff Fucci

"I went to Vermont Law School to be ready to work on sustainable planning and redevelopment of urban areas."

Jeff Fucci is dedicated to his New Jersey roots, the Meadowlands. Not the stadium, but the land that surrounds it. "Before Vermont Law I worked for the Meadowlands Commission in my home state, working on the environmental restoration of the marshes.  Read more

Ben D'Antonio

"I love my job. I'm always learning something, and I'm in a position to serve the public interest."

Benjamin D'Antonio left the financial world to work on environmental issues that he calls "the challenge of our generation." During his studies at VLS, he became interested in air quality and energy regulation, and found mentors who helped connect him with opportunities to match his interests and use his growing skills. He is currently counsel and analyst on policy and regulation for the nonprofit New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE).  Read more

Diana Dascalu-Joffe

"This is exactly the career I wanted-to be a part of an evolving group working on an issue I really believe in."

Diana Dascalu-Joffe JD/MSEL'03, was fighting global warming before it was cool. Her work with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network began at the state level-the focus of most climate action during the dark days of federal-level denial-where she was the lead attorney in cases against Maryland's and Virginia's dirtiest coal-fired power plants. She now manages budgets for CCAN, consults in legal cases, and does legislative and policy work, all in the Capital's back yard. Read more