Nancy L. Girard

  • 348 Centre Street #1, Jamaica Plain Massachusetts
Nancy L. Girard

Work History

Work History
Jul 2013 - Dec 2014

Commissioner

CITY OF BOSTON ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT

Appointed Commissioner of Boston's Environment Department by the late Mayor Thomas M. Menino and again by Mayor Martin J. Walsh.  Led update to the “ City of Boston's Climate Action Plan for 2014”, incorporating input through collaboration with communities, businesses, organizations and universities; devising strategies to help communities mitigate and adapt to climate change. Directed, mentored and led the diverse and professional staff including an Environment Team of planners, energy efficiency managers, air quality and wetland specialists and a Preservation Team of planning specialists, architects, an archeologist and administrative clerical staff. Served as spokesperson for Boston on climate change, mitigation and adaption objectives, green build- ing goals, resiliency planning and preservation efforts. Engaged staff, other city employees and departments, communities and external organizations in dis- cussions on climate resiliency and climate change efforts, local initiatives to increase awareness and preparedness. Oversaw all contracts, grants and budgets for the Environment Department and for the Boston Food Initiative of 3. 3 million dollars; hired staff, counseled and disciplined personnel. Developed and implemented strategies to advance city objectives on environment, energy and preser- vation issues and represented the city before academic, business and government entities as well as communities and private non-profits. Supported city initiatives with strong communication outreach and messaging, presented before Boston City Council and related city boards and commissions.

Sep 2006 - Jun 2013

Executive Director / General Counsel 

MULTI-STATE WORKING GROUP, INC. / PRIVATE PRACTICE

Executive Director of Multi-State Working Group, Inc./General Counsel to several non-profit and for profit organizations.  

Proactively built and maintained key relationships and liaised effectively with state and federal governments, business organizations, cities, communities and non-profits groups, to improve environmental management, build corporate social responsibility programs and update governance documents.

Jul 1997 - Aug 2006

Director, Vice President and Senior Attorney

CONSERVATION LAW FOUNDATION / New Hampshire Advocacy Center

Initiated and founded the New Hampshire office for Conservation Law Foundation, hired staff, negotiated contracts and leases, set agendas, raised the funds, managed a $1+ million dollar budget and implemented strategic objectives. Used dynamic leadership skills toward managing daily operations and directing the team of legal staff and volunteers in litigation, advocacy, collaboration, and lobbying on various environmental, energy, and natural resources issues. Developed budgets, solicited donors, worked with foundations and raised funds to support advocacy initiatives. Negotiated contracts, leases and prepared nonprofit filings. Mentored law students, staff and volunteers engaged in advocacy, legislative testimony and litigation. Strategically educated the staff, related associations and the public through outreach, media and education initiatives, including writing editorials, presentations and workshops. Advised State Board of Directors on governance requirements, strategic agendas and current issues. Served as press and media spokesperson for the organization.

Sep 1990 - Jun 1997

Legal Coordinator and Legislative Liaison 

NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME DEPARTMENT 

Appointed to serve as Legal Counsel to the Commission, Executive Director, Division Chiefs and staff, and as Legislative Liaison for the Commission and the Department to the NH House and Senate, federal government, the Governor's office and the Department of Justice. Ensured regulatory compliance on federal mandates, contracts and grants. Oversaw all administrative for the Department and advised on substantive legal interpretations of the Administrative Procedures Act; served as Hearings Officer for the Department and the Commission on all adjudicative and non-adjudicative hearings. Applied sharp, critical thinking skills and legal expertise toward designing, developing and implementing department policies and long-range planning strategies on legal, legislative, regulatory, and land management issues.

Nov 1986 - Aug 1990

Associate 

NIGHSWANDER, MARTIN & MITICHELL, P.A.

Energy and Environmental Law, Real and Commercial Property Law, Administrative Law and Regulatory, Non-Profit Law, Municipal and Land Use Planning Law

Aug 1984 - Oct 1986

Associate

DeGRAFF, FOY, CONWAY HOLT-HARRIS & MEALEY, P.A.

Areas of practice included real estate, commercial and condominium development, corporateAppellate Practice, Regulatory and Administrative Law, Real Estate Law and Environmental Law.

May 1980 - Sep 1982

Policy Analyst

TOSCO CORPORATION 

Conducted special projects and analyzed policy development in the areas of international oil market pricing and budgetary considerations, environmental regulations, industrial permitting, bonding and tax issues, water policy and development, water quality control, socioeconomic development, cogeneration, alternative energy, transportation issues and public utilities regulation.  Analyzed the political, economic and social implications of legislation and policy development relating to California and Arkansas oil refinery operations and in Colorado, for the development and siting of a shale oil retort facility and corresponding infrastructure.  

Skills

Skills

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption Policy and Law • Corporate Social Responsibility • Natural Re- sources Law / Land Use Planning • Sustainability Policy • Analysis / Development • Business / Financial Strategy • Public Speaking / Media Strategy • Government Affairs / Lobbying • Leadership / Motivation Personnel Relationships

Certifications

Certifications
Jun 1984 - Present

MEMBER OF THE NEW YORK BAR ASSOCIATION

New York State, Third Department 

Active member licensed to practice law in the State of New York

May 1988 - Present

MEMBER OF THE NEW HAMPSHIRE BAR ASSOCIATION 

New Hampshire Supreme Court

Active member licensed to practice law in the State of New Hampshire 

Education

Education
Sep 1980 - May 1983

JURIS DOCTORATE 

UNIVERSITY OF DENVER, STURMS COLLEGE OF LAW
Aug 1979 - May 1983

MASTERS

UNIVERSITY OF DENVER , KORBEL SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
Sep 1977 - May 1979

B.A., cum laude

AMHERST COLLEGE

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