Named Internship Profile Summary - Ayushi Narayan (Leach)
[HENRY LEACH ’28 MEMORIAL FUND PUBLIC POLICY INTERN PROFILE]
Ayushi Narayan ’14 is from Maple Grove, Minnesota and
graduated from Maple Grove Senior High School with a
number one class rank and as an AP Scholar with Distinction.
At Dartmouth, Narayan is pursuing a double major in
economics and environmental studies and a minor in public
policy. She is a leader of Dartmouth Humanitarian
Engineering and traveled to Tanzania with the group to
develop and distribute alternative cooking fuel technologies.
Narayan is also involved with Big Brother Big Sister and the
Center for Environmental Leadership Training. She has
academic research experience in economics, environmental
studies, and public policy. A former First-Year Fellow,
Narayan interned at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Sustainable
Communities. Narayan looks to build upon her prior experiences to pursue a career in
environmental policy or law after Dartmouth.
Ayushi was funded by the Rockefeller Center for a Summer 2013 Internship, with generous
support from the Henry Leach ’28 Memorial Fund.
Executive Summary from Ayushi’s final report:
The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is a not for profit research and education center. ELI’s
Vision calls for “a healthy environment, prosperous economies, and vibrant communities
founded on the rule of law.” To achieve its vision, ELI's Research and Policy group produces
research reports and policy recommendations on critical areas of environmental governance.
The Institute also advances innovative and practical solutions to environmental challenges
through its Publications and Associates group. It publishes
the Environmental Law Reporter®, The Environmental
“I found that I really liked
Forum®, the National Wetlands Newsletter, and books on
learning about both the legal
environmental law and policy.
and enforcement aspects of
My specific responsibilities with the organization were been
widespread as I supported both the research and
publications departments of the Environmental Law
Institute. As a part of ELI’s education and outreach projects, I helped prepare for seminars,
edited publications on post-conflict natural resource management, updated a database of
lawsuits regarding the BP oil spill, and updated a contacts database. My research projects
included drafting a memo on Obama's climate change speech, researching artisanal gold mining
in Cote D'Ivoire, researching forestry contracts, concessions, land policy, and community
impacts in Liberia, and researching factors related to effective water management policies in
the western United States.
I learned a great deal in my various tasks. My research projects showed me how environmental
laws inform policies and outcomes. I found myself to be very interested in how effective
environmental governance depended not only on having effective laws, but also on
enforcement and creative solutions. For example, in Liberia, the forestry laws have many
safeguards, but enforcement is lacking. In the western United States, the water rights system
encourages users to use all appropriated water, states and municipalities have address this
rights issue with creative legal and economic incentives such as paying users for putting water
back into the stream.
Because I found that I really liked learning about both the legal and enforcement aspects of
environmental governance, I have realized that I should continue to explore various related
topics to see what interests me most. I plan to take coursework in developmental economics
and environmental governance this coming year. I also will look at professional and graduate
programs related to environmental governance and enforcement.
Ayushi Narayan ‘13 (center) finishes a week-long study tour with co-workers.