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Brenda Mallory

Brenda Mallory
Director and Senior Counsel for the Conservation Litigation Project

Brenda Mallory is the Director and Senior Counsel for the Conservation Litigation Project, a project created to protect the environmental and conservation values on public lands through strategic and coordinated litigation support and communications. During the Obama Administration, Brenda served as the General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, supporting the Administration in advancing the President’s environmental, energy, and natural resources agenda. Brenda worked on 22 of the 34 national monuments President Obama designated and numerous other protective actions.

Brenda has over 30 years of experience in the environmental, energy, and natural resources arena. For 14 years prior to joining CEQ, Brenda held various senior positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, including as the Acting General Counsel and the Principal Deputy General Counsel. As the Principal Deputy, Brenda was the Chief Operating Official for the Office of General Counsel leading a 300+ person organization and managing a $61 million budget. For 5 years, she led the legal office supporting EPA’s pesticide and toxics programs. Brenda also served as EPA’s representative on a White House task force on energy project streamlining. Brenda spent 15 years with the environmental law firm Beveridge and Diamond where she chaired the Natural Resources Practice Group. Brenda has had leadership roles in the American Bar Association and DC Bar environment and energy sections. In 2016, she was inducted into the American College of Environmental Lawyers and in 2012, she received the Government Attorney of the Year award from the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Brenda is a 1983 graduate of Columbia Law School (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar) and a 1979 graduate of Yale College.