Brett VandenHeuvel, Columbia Riverkeeper

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Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director & Riverkeeper  

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Brett VandenHeuvel (he/him) leads Columbia Riverkeeper’s policy and legal advocacy work. Brett designs and implements creative campaigns, including work to protect the Pacific Northwest from fracked gas, oil, and coal infrastructure. He is an attorney with expertise in energy facility siting, the Clean Water Act, and land use. Prior to joining Riverkeeper, Brett conducted research on climate change during field expeditions to Antarctica and New Zealand. His work with Riverkeeper has been featured in numerous publications, including The Daily News, The New York Times, Fox News, and the Lewis & Clark Chronicle

What inspires you to do this work?

Two things. I’m inspired by the victories we’ve achieved together where I can actually see the difference on the ground and in the water. I’m also inspired to learn from amazing people every day. From teenage activists to tribal elders to my coworkers, I feel lucky and honored to fight for clean water with you all. 


Meet the Team

Riverkeeper’s team includes scientists, environmental lawyers, and community organizers. We work to organize and empower local communities, enforce environmental laws, and build strategic coalitions. Our mission is to protect and restore the Columbia River and all life connected to it.