Gabriela B. Zayas del Rio

Research Analyst, Office of Chief Scientist


Areas of expertise:
Air quality, clean energy, emerging science, environmental justice

Gabriela is a Research Analyst with the Office of the Chief Scientist. She works on a wide variety of emerging scientific issues that are of interest to EDF. Her research has primarily focused on air quality in urban areas, biotechnology products, and greenhouse gas management in working lands. Additionally, Gabriela provides guidance and support for EDF’s air quality community outreach efforts. She is strongly committed to ensuring that all communities breathe clean air.


Prior to joining EDF, Gabriela worked for Partnerships for Parks, a joint program between City Parks Foundation and NYC Parks Department, where she was in charge of implementing volunteer programs across Brooklyn parks and ensuring successful completion of projects led by corporate, nonprofit, and community group volunteers.

Gabriela has previously worked on clean energy and on-bill financing for rural electric cooperatives during her time at the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI). She helped coordinate congressional briefings which informed staff on topics such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, and public health. While at EESI, Gabriela got to spend some time analyzing the Clean Power Plan and its section on the Clean Energy Incentive Program, which furthered her professional commitment to environmental justice.

Gabriela has been the recipient of two National Science Foundation grants for completing an undergraduate program in scientific research at Western Washington University and for presenting her research at the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography annual meeting.


Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from The New School
Recipient of The New School’s Edison Foundation Scholarship