Brenda Mallory

Executive Director and Senior Counsel, Conservation Litigation Project

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 through strategic and coordinated litigation support and communications. Largely collaborating with academics, the project works to promote the development of scholarship and a public narrative around emerging public lands issues.  During the Obama Administration, Ms. Mallory 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.

Ms. Mallory has over 30 years of experience in the environmental, energy, and natural resources arena. Prior to joining CEQ, Ms. Mallory 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, Ms. Mallory was the Chief Operating Official for the Office of General Counsel leading a 300+ person organization and managing a $61 million budget. Prior to that, she led the legal office supporting EPA’s pesticide and toxics programs. Ms. Mallory spent 15 years with the environmental law firm Beveridge and Diamond where she chaired the Natural Resources Practice Group. She has had leadership roles in national and local bar associations. She is a Fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers, a member of the Environmental Defense Fund’s Litigation Action Committee, and is on the Environmental Law Institute’s Board of Directors. Ms. Mallory 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.