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Alexandra D. Dunn

Executive Director & General Counsel, Environmental Council of States, Washington, DC
Alexandra D. Dunn

Alexandra Dapolito Dunn became Executive Director and General Counsel of the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), the national non-profit, non-partisan association of U.S. state and territorial environmental commissioners, in April 2014.  Dunn has two decades of experience in environmental law and policy, with extensive work on water quality, treatment, and implementation of the Clean Water Act.  She is a published author, and speaks regularly, on environmental policy, sustainability, and environmental justice.  Dunn is a member of the bar in DC, MD, and NY, the U.S. Supreme Court, and federal courts.  She has represented parties, intervenors, or amicus curiae in over 25 environmental cases.

Dunn is the immediate past Chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources.  In 2013, she was appointed to the ABA’s Task Force on Sustainable Development.  Dunn serves on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute, as Secretary of the non-profit U.S. Water Alliance, and is a member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.

She is a Lecturer in Law at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America (CUA) (DC) (Advanced Topics in Environmental Law), an Adjunct Professor at the American University’s Washington College of Law (Environmental Justice), and faculty advisor to CUA’s Environmental Law Society. 

In prior positions, Dunn served as Executive Director and General Counsel of the Association of Clean Water Administrators; Dean of Environmental Law Programs and Adjunct Professor of Law (Environmental Justice, Human Rights and the Environment) at Pace Law School; as General Counsel of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies; as counsel to the American Chemistry Council; and in private law practice.  

She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America (DC), where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.  She earned her B.A., cum laude, in Political Science, James Madison University, VA.