Brenda Mallory is the Executive Director and Senior Counsel for the Conservation Litigation Project, a project created to protect the environmental and conservation values on public lands. Largely through collaboration with academics, Brenda promotes the development of legal scholarship and a thoughtful public narrative around emerging public lands issues. She convenes legal scholars and environmental advocates to develop strategies for addressing critical issues and promotes the development of legal analyses for administrative and Congressional records.
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. Prior to joining CEQ, among other roles, Brenda served as the Acting General Counsel and the Principal Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 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. Before EPA, she was a Director at the environmental law firm Beveridge and Diamond where she chaired the Natural Resources Practice Group.
Brenda has had leadership roles in national and local bar associations and other professional organizations. She currently is a Fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers, a member of the Environmental Defense Fund’s Litigation Advocacy Committee, Environmental Policy Innovation Center’s Advisory Committee, on the Advisory Council for Women in Conservation Leadership, and on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.
Brenda is a graduate of Columbia Law School (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)and Yale College. She lives in Rockville, Maryland with her husband and has three adult children.