Deputy General Counsel for the White House Council for Environmental Quality (CEQ)
Brandi Colander is the Deputy General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). CEQ is charged with upholding the tenets of the National Environmental Protection Act and facilitating interagency coordination among federal agencies in the development of environmental and energy policies and initiatives.
Prior to joining the Executive Office of the President, Colander was an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an international environmental non-profit with over 400 scientists, attorneys and 1.3 million members headquartered in New York City.
Working with NRDC’s Air & Energy group, her expertise in energy policy focuses on industry restructuring and utility regulation, energy efficiency, the “smart grid” and renewable energy programs – specifically offshore wind.
Prior to NRDC, Colander worked at a private law firm in Connecticut. She earned her Master’s degree at Yale University, Juris Doctor at Vermont Law School and Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.
Colander serves on the board of the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future.