News | March 8, 2023

Conversations with extraordinary women of SELC

Women have long been at the forefront of defending the environment, and at SELC we couldn’t take on our mission to provide a healthy environment for all without their contributions. This Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating a few colleagues carrying that torch by sharing a glimpse into their hard work and insights. Read on for conversations SELC captured with five phenomenal females who strengthen our organization and make the South a better place.

Katie Storer

Legal Practice Administrator

“I’ve always thought if you’re bringing young kids into this world, you should do everything possible to make sure it’s a good world for them.”


Jean Zhuang

Staff Attorney

“I identify strongly as a creative and leaned into that for much of my life. But strengthening the other side of me — having the confidence to speak out, articulate my thoughts, and fight for what I believe in — has made me more whole.”


Rachel James

Associate Attorney

“In weekly meetings at SELC, we joke that I have taken on the role of Unofficial EV Ambassador, and I like to give updates on who I met and what I learned while charging. …This is going to sound totally biased, but EV owners are the best people.”


Sarah Stokes

Senior Attorney

“In grad school I learned that institutions and the rule of law affect peoples’ happiness. I became a lawyer so that I could help build institutions and laws that would make the world a better place.”


Leanna First-Arai

Broken Ground Podcast Host

“I am continually appalled that we haven’t been able to do right by organizers who have dedicated their entire lives to just simply securing access to clean water to drink and clean air to breathe. I am humbled by the lifetime dedication of many of the organizers I meet with.”