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Ignacia S. Moreno

Advisory Board member

Ignacia S. Moreno has practiced environmental and natural resources law for over 30 years. She is the Chief Executive Officer and a founding Principal of The iMoreno Group, PLC, where she provides legal services and strategic counseling on environmental and natural resources matters. In 2009, Ignacia was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a 93 to 0 vote to serve as the Assistant Attorney General of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (Division). She headed the Division from 2009 to 2013, where she was recognized for her outstanding service in leading the Division’s response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, defending government actions to combat climate change, negotiating historic settlements in tribal trust litigation, and working with government agencies, communities, and industry to consider and integrate environmental justice principles into the resolution of cases and matters handled by the Division. From 1994 to 2001, Ignacia served as a presidential appointee in the Division during the Clinton Administration. From 2006 to 2009, she was Counsel for the Northeast/Midwest Regions and International, Corporate Environmental Programs, at the General Electric Company, and previously practiced at two prominent Washington, D.C. law firms, including as a partner. 

In 2016, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Ignacia to serve a four-year term on the State Air Pollution Control Board and she was elected Chair of the Board in 2019. In 2018, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam appointed her to serve on the Board of Governors of George Mason University and she was elected to the Executive Committee in 2019 and also serves as Vice Chair of the Audit Committee. Ignacia serves on the Advisory Board of the New York University School of Law Institute for Policy Integrity where she serves as Chair of the Environmental Justice & Equity Committee. Ignacia serves on the National Board of Directors of the Trust for Public Land where she is Chair of the Advocacy Committee. She has served as President of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia and as General Counsel of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Ignacia earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in 1986, and a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law in 1990. She was born in Cartagena, Colombia, grew up in New York City, and lives in McLean, Virginia with her family.

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