Rich Kassel joined AJW as a partner in April 2022, bringing his policy expertise and strategic skills on clean air, clean energy, green buildings, sustainable transportation, and other environmental issues to help AJW’s clients meet their environmental and sustainability goals.
In addition to his AJW work, Rich chairs EPA's Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee, which provides independent advice and counsel on the agency's transportation and air quality programs. Rich also serves on the boards or advisory committees of several leading environmental organizations and startups, all of which enhance his work with AJW clients in the business and nonprofit sectors.
Earlier in his career, Rich spent more than two decades advocating on New York, national, and international clean air, energy, and transportation issues at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). His New York and national “Dump Dirty Diesels” Campaigns helped launch a move toward cleaner trucks, buses, offroad diesel equipment, heating oil, and marine engines in New York and nationwide.
On the international level, Rich was part of the founding team that created the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles, which led the successful global campaign to eliminate leaded gasoline and reduce vehicle pollution worldwide. He was also a member of the U.S. delegation to the International Maritime Organization that secured the world’s first Emission Control Area for ships, dramatically reducing ship emissions within 200 miles of the U.S. coastlines.
Rich’s work has been honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program, the German Marshall Fund, and many others. Most recently, Rich was recognized as one of New York's "50 Over 50" leaders in 2019 and as one of its "Energy and Environment Power 100" in 2020, 2021, and 2022 by City & State, New York’s leading political and policy media organization.
Rich holds a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from New York University.