About Us

Jennie R. Romer, Esq., Founder & Director

Jennie Romer is a national expert on carryout bag policy whose expertise is routinely sought by legislators, community groups, and businesses. She currently works as an attorney, policy advisor, and sustainability consultant in NYC and was recently profiled by The New Yorker. Jennie’s most current article summarizing plastic bags laws and suggesting ordinance structures is Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinances published in the Tulane Environmental Law Journal. Her YouTube videos explaining the intricacies of plastic bag laws can be found here.

Jennie Romer earned her JD from Golden Gate University School of Law and is a member of the state bars of California and New York. She also holds bachelor’s degrees in Zoology, Environmental Studies and Black Studies from UC Santa Barbara.

Jennie was an associate attorney at Lexington Law Group in San Francisco, where she represented the Center for Environmental Health as well as a variety of plaintiffs in consumer class actions. In 2010, she founded plasticbaglaws.org, a resource for cities and states considering laws limiting the use of plastic bags, and was instrumental in San Francisco expanding its plastic bag ban. In 2012, Jennie moved to New York City and successfully coordinated a coalition in support of a bag law that passed the NYC City Council in 2016 and was blocked by the state legislature shortly before implementation in 2017.