Riena Harker, a 2020 graduate of Bowdoin College, joined NELC in July.

BOSTON—In July, NELC welcomed Riena Harker as our new paralegal and office administrator.

Riena graduated cum laude from Bowdoin College in 2020, where she earned a dual degree in biology and government and legal studies. While in college, she interned for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., and coordinated a campaign to promote bio-based manufacturing in Maine as an organizer for the Environmental Health Strategy Center. Her proudest accomplishment at Bowdoin was a service-learning trip and a series of seminars that she led to educate her peers about sustainability and food justice in Maine.

Riena is thrilled about the opportunity to join NELC’s work in creating positive environmental change.

“I cannot emphasize enough how sincerely grateful I am that not only did I graduate during the COVID-19 pandemic with a job, but that I also ended up with the best fit I could possibly imagine for my interests and goals,” she said.