Alayna Chuney, Esq.
Mississippi River Coordinator
Alayna Chuney is an environmental attorney who has spent most of her career focusing on clean air, clean water, and environmental injustices. She is a member of the Maryland Bar and earned her J.D. from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. She received her B.A. degree in Social Relations and Policy with a minor in Science, Technology, and Environmental Public Policy from Michigan State University’s James Madison College. Before joining NCEL, Alayna worked for Namati, where she had the opportunity to create and direct the first environmental justice program for the organization. During her time at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, she created her position as the first Environmental Justice Staff Attorney and worked on a number of issues related to the Clean Water and Clean Air Act. She has spent a number of years looking at ways to improve waterways at both the federal and state level. Alayna believes that race, class, and gender play a crucial role in people’s relationship with the environment and that the power of the law belongs in the hands of community members who are fighting for environmental justice.
Outside of her legal career, Alayna has worked for Student Conservation Association as a crew leader, worked in the Detroit Public School system teaching inner-city youth the importance of being sustainable and having a relationship with the environment, and spends a great deal of her time volunteering in the community to bring awareness to environmental justice issues and ways to get more people of color in the environmental field.