Brent Blackwelder

Brent Blackwelder

Washington, DC

Brent recently retired as the president of Friends of the Earth where he was renowned for speaking truth to power. He testified in front of the U.S. Congress on pressing environmental issues more than 100 times. He also was a founder of American Rivers, a top river-saving organization. As a leader in the effort to safeguard rivers, Brent helped expand the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System from eight rivers in 1973 to over 250 today. On the economics front, he initiated campaigns to reform the World Bank and succeeded in getting Congress to enact a series of significant reforms directing the Bank to pay more attention to the environment. He also sits on the Directors’ Boards of the League of Conservation Voters and 20/20 Vision.

He graduated summa cum laude from Duke University and received an MA in Mathematics from Yale, and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Maryland. Moreā€¦

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