Environment Commission

Johanna Wald

Commissioner, Policy Committee Chair

Johanna Wald is a Senior Attorney in NRDC’s San Francisco office.  She has been with NRDC since 1973, during which time she has become one of the nation’s leading advocates for protection and improved management of federal public lands.  Ms. Wald received her law degree from Yale University and her undergraduate degree from Cornell University.  She has been involved in a number of major legal challenges to federal energy programs, including coal and oil and gas programs in the Intermountain West.   For approximately the last four years she has led NRDC’s efforts to facilitate the identification and designation of appropriate sites for development of renewable energy projects as well as associated necessary transmission.

Ms. Wald’s honors include being named, in 1992, the National Wildlife Federation’s lawyer of the year.  In 1993, she was named one of ten Pew Scholars in Conservation and the Environment and, in 1998, she received the Environmental Leadership Award from the Ecology Law Quarterly at the University of California’s Boalt Hall School of Law. 

Ms. Wald is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, the American Wind Wildlife Institute, and Carpe Diem West, a Bay-area based environmental non-profit.  She also serves as a member of San Francisco’s Commission on the Environment and is the Chair of the Commission’s Policy Committee.