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Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director & Riverkeeper
Brett VandenHeuvel leads Columbia Riverkeeper’s policy and legal advocacy work. Brett designs and implements creative campaigns, including current 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. Brett received the 2017 Distinguished Graduate Award from Lewis and Clark Law School, one of the nation’s top environmental law programs. Brett also received the 2015 Leadership and Service Award from the Oregon State Bar Environmental and Natural Resource Section. Prior to joining Riverkeeper, Brett conducted research on climate change during field expeditions to Antarctica and New Zealand. Brett holds a B.S. in Geology from Hope College, an M.S. in Quaternary Science and Climate Change from the University of Maine, and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School. 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. Brett lives in Hood River, Oregon, with his family.
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.