I am pleased to announce that next month, Brenda Mallory will join the Council on Environmental Quality to serve as our General Counsel. Brenda brings 28 years of experience that will support our work to cut carbon pollution, build a clean energy economy, and protect our air, land and water.
Brenda's service includes substantial work in both the public and private sectors. Since 2010, she has been the Environmental Protection Agency's Principal Deputy General Counsel, where she oversaw management of the Office of General Counsel and served as Acting General Counsel in 2013. Before that, Brenda was the Associate General Counsel for the Pesticides and Toxic Substances Law Office, which advises EPA on both policy and litigation. Her other EPA leadership positions have included Associate Deputy General Counsel for water and waste issues, Special Assistant in the Administrator's Office, and EPA's representative on a White House task force that focused on energy project reviews and permitting.
In 2012, Brenda received the Government Attorney of the Year award from the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Before joining EPA, Brenda spent 17 years in private practice, 15 of which were with the environmental law firm Beveridge and Diamond, where she was a partner and Chair of its Natural Resources Practice Group. Brenda is a 1983 graduate of Columbia Law School and a 1979 graduate of Yale College.
Brenda will be a valuable part of the team working across the Administration to meet President Obama's energy and environmental goals. I look forward to working with her to continue driving progress toward the President's commitment to addressing climate change, protecting the places and natural resources Americans care about, and supporting healthy, prosperous communities.
Mike Boots is Acting Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.