Liz Barratt-Brown, Director

Liz Barratt-Brown is a Senior Advisor to the International Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council.  She started her career with NRDC in 1981 and is currently working to protect Canadian forests and advance Indigenous rights. She was central to the launch and multi-year campaign against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which sparked a national debate about investment in large scale fossil fuel projects. 


Ms. Barratt-Brown began her work on Canadian-U.S. environmental issues in the 1980s when she worked to stem acid rain in Canada and the eastern U.S. In the 90s, she led a successful effort to stop clear-cut logging of some of the last temperate rainforests. In the 2000s, she worked to protect forest areas threatened by massive hydropower development. All of her work has been done working closely with Indigenous leaders and Canadian environmental groups.


Ms. Barratt-Brown has also worked on treaties addressing climate change, biodiversity, and ozone depletion and as a legislative assistant to US Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, helping to pass the nation’s first community right-to-know act on toxic chemicals - the Toxic Release Inventory. The TRI has made information about thousands of chemicals available to local communities, first responders, and the health profession. Liz is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School.