The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the nation’s oldest and largest wildlife conservation organization headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, has elected Rebecca Wright Pritchett of Adams and Reese as Eastern Vice-Chair of its Board of Directors.
“I am honored to have been elected by NWF’s affiliates as the Federation’s Eastern Vice Chair representing the eastern third of the country. As an affiliate-based organization with independently-governed, local affiliates in the states and several U.S. territories, the Federation has a unique advantage among national non-profits. We have boots on the ground and local perspectives to guide our actions at the federal level. Our affiliates set the Federation’s national conservation policy, ensuring that we focus on the things that are important to them. I look forward to continuing to work with and represent the affiliates on the NWF Board and advocating on their behalf at the national level.”
Pritchett served as President of the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF), one of NWF’s oldest state affiliates, from 2004 to 2005, and has chaired multiple resolution committees and participated on several bylaws committees. She has served on the NWF Board of Directors as Region 4 director since 2017, representing Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. One of her most notable projects as a member of the organization includes traveling to the Dakotas with NWF to help resolve affiliate conflict over the Garrison Diversion Project, an interbasin water transfer project, in 2001.
Pritchett has over 29 years of experience in environmental and natural resources law. As Special Counsel at Adams and Reese, an Am Law 200 firm with offices strategically placed throughout the Southeast, Denver, and D.C., she focuses on assisting clients across the country with regulatory compliance, enforcement actions, and civil litigation in all aspects of environmental and natural resources law, as well as brownfield redevelopment and formation of habitat mitigation banks.
Pritchett has extensive experience in water quality, water rights, municipal water supply, wetland and coastal zone issues, hazardous waste and solid waste issues, mineral rights, brownfield redevelopment, brownfield economic incentives, financing purchases of contaminated property, and due diligence investigations. She also has experience in the areas of air quality, insecticides, fungicides, mitigation banks, endangered species, wildlife law, environmental law on tribal lands, and regulation of oil and gas exploration and production.
Pritchett has received some of the legal community’s most coveted honors, including a ranking in Chambers USA for Environmental law.
Pritchett earned a B.S. in Journalism, cum laude, from the University of Southern Mississippi Honors College, Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1990 and a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon in 1993 with a Certificate of Completion in Environmental & Natural Resources Law. She is currently admitted to practice in Alabama and California.