Jeremy Orr

Jeremy Orr

Member group representative - NAACP

Jeremy Orr joined MEC’s board in 2019. He serves on its Petoskey Prize committee.

As the environmental and climate justice chair of Michigan NAACP, he seeks to reduce harmful emissions; advance clean, efficient energy; and strengthen community resilience and livability. 

Orr is also a member of the United States’ Environmental Justice Advisory Council and vice chair of the environmental justice committee of the American Bar Association.

Orr’s primary job, however, is an attorney for Natural Resources Defense Council, where he works to protect peoples' rights to clean land, air and water. The role builds off his former time with Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition, People's Climate Movement and coordinating environmental justice issues within Wayne State University’s law school.

The licensed attorney rounds out his expertise with three degrees from Michigan State University: a bachelor’s, a masters and a Juris Doctor. 

With his experiences, Orr helps MEC continue to center its priorities around the health of Michigan’s most vulnerable residents while advocating for the state’s environment and natural resources. 

When away from work, Orr, a Detroit resident, enjoys visiting Lake Michigan, Belle Isle Park and Crosswinds Marsh County Park.

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Read about Jeremy's work protecting Black Lives Matter protesters as a legal observer here