Vickie Patton serves as Environmental Defense Fund's General Counsel and manages the organization's national and regional clean air programs. For over two decades, she has worked to protect human health and the environment. She has been involved in numerous rulemakings under the Clean Air Act and associated cases (including several successful cases before the U.S. Supreme Court), testified before congressional and state legislative committees, and authored a variety of articles on air quality protection and environmental policy.
Prior to joining Environmental Defense Fund, she worked in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of General Counsel in Washington, D.C., where she provided legal counsel on national air quality initiatives. Vickie has received a number of awards for her work including the Air & Waste Management Association's Richard Beatty Mellon Environmental Stewardship Award, the Wirth Chair Award for Creative Collaborations in Sustainability, and the Healthy Community Award received from her local health department. Vickie serves on EPA's national Clean Air Act Advisory Committee and is a member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.