Brent Blackwelder has
served as an environmental advocate in Washington for three decades.
A former Chairman of the Board for the League of Conservation Voters
and a founder and first Chairman of the Board of American Rivers,
Brent co-founded the Environmental Policy Institute, which merged
with Friends of the Earth and the Oceanic Society in 1989.
Brent currently serves
on the Board of Directors of 20/20 Vision, the League of Conservation
Voters Educational Fund and the Citizens Trade Campaign. Brent has
worked with citizen organizations to ensure the protection of 150
rivers in the National Scenic River system, and to eliminate more
than 200 destructive dams and stream channelization projects throughout
An initiator of the campaign
to reform the World Bank, Brent was instrumental in persuading Congress
to enact a series of significant reforms directing the Bank and
other multilateral lending institutions to pay more attention to
the environment. He has also played a key role in the passage of
many laws enacted in the U.S. to ensure environmental protection.
Brent has written extensively
on a broad range of environmental issues, and has been featured
in The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post.
Brent has co-authored several publications including Disasters
in Water Development, Bankrolling Successes and A Water Conservation
Program for the Nation.
Most recently, he has
appeared as an expert environmental commentator on NBC Nightly News,
ABC World News Now, CNN and the BBC.
Brent graduated summa
cum laude from Duke University, holds an M.A. in Mathematics from
Yale, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Maryland.
He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife Terry. They have two children.
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