Greg Lewis is a candidate for a Masters of Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an intern at DevelopSpringfield, a nonprofit focused on economic development and revitalization. As a Research Assistant for Dr. Elisabeth Hamin, he contributed to a National Science Foundation grant application, which resulted in funding for the Sustainable Adaptive Gradients in the coastal Environment (SAGE) Research Coordination Network (RCN). His academic interests are based on housing and climate-influenced U.S. migration. Before pursuing an advanced degree, Greg established a background in finding solutions to social and environmental justice problems. While working for a major New York City law firm, he managed class actions against racial discrimination, predatory lending, and securities fraud totaling more than one billion dollars in settlement awards for harmed plaintiffs. Greg also worked for the Bureau of Environmental Services in Portland, Oregon, where he organized community efforts to prevent millions of gallons of annual combined sewer overflows from reaching the Willamette River. When not stuck in the library or glued to the computer, Greg prefers to spend time with his family, tackle never-ending renovation projects in their historic Northampton home, or get outside as much as possible. Upon graduation, he intends to enter the real estate development field with a special focus on zero net energy performance. Greg holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film and Video Animation from Hampshire College.