Paul Gallay J.D.

Pronouns: he/him/his

Senior Staff Associate III; Resilient Coastal Communities Project Leader, Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD), Columbia Climate School

Lecturer in Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, Undergraduate Special Concentration and Major in Sustainable Development

Columbia Climate School - Center for Sustainable Urban Development
61 Claremont Avenue - Rm 520E
New York, New York 10115
United States


Paul Gallay is the Director of the Columbia Center for Sustainable Urban Development's Resilient Coastal Communities Program, where he and his colleagues seek to foster actionable, equitable solutions to flood risks along with complementary benefits like habitat restoration, job creation and more empowered communities. He is also a Lecturer in the Columbia Climate School’s Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development.

Prior to joining Columbia and establishing the Resilient Coastal Communities Project in 2021, Paul served in legal and policy leadership positions with the New York State Attorney General and Department of Environmental Conservation, Hudson Riverkeeper and land conservation organizations in New York and Maine. 

Paul is a 1981 graduate of Williams College, where he also served as Visiting Professor of Environmental Law from 2004 to 2008. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1984.


Only select projects listed below
Name Start Date End Date
Resilient Coastal Communities Project 11/1/21


Horizontal & Urban-scale Coalitions to Address The Wicked Problem of Coastal Adaptation. Columbia World Projects - At the Water’s Edge Conference, October 2022.

Designing Community-led Plans to Strengthen Social Cohesion: What Neighborhoods Facing Climate-driven Flood Risks Want From Resilience Planning Resilient Coastal Communities Project Working Paper, June 2022.

Retreat/Refusal/Resilience. Williams College - Just Futures Roundtable, March 2022.

Teaming Up for Coastal Resilience and Climate Justice in NYC.  State of the Planet,  January 2022.

“How to Foster Science-Driven Public Policy” Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Bio-Paleo Lecture Series. November 2021.

"Doing less with less at EPA: Environmental enforcement has plummeted in the era of Trump. Here’s what we can do about it."  American Bar Association Journal [online].  July/August 2019.