Council on Environmental Quality
Council Member: Nancy Sutley, Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality
Council Designee: Brandi Colander, Deputy General Counsel, White House Council on Environmental Quality
Brandi Colander serves as the Deputy General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). CEQ is charged with upholding the tenets of the National Environmental Policy Act and facilitating interagency coordination among Federal agencies in the development of environmental and energy policies and initiatives. Prior to joining the Executive Office of the President, Colander was an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an international environmental non-profit with over 400 scientists, attorneys and 1.3 million members headquartered in New York City. Working with NRDC’s Air & Energy group, her expertise in energy policy focused on industry restructuring and utility regulation, energy efficiency, the “smart grid” and renewable energy programs. Colander earned her Master’s degree at Yale University, Juris Doctor at Vermont Law School and Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. She serves on the board of the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future, as a mentor for the First Lady’s Leadership and Mentoring Program, and is a member of the American Bar Association.