05/13/2021 - EELP News

Dale Bryk Joins EELP as Senior Attorney and Director of our State & Regional Climate Policies Work

Dale Bryk will join the Harvard Law School Environmental and Energy Law Program on May 17th as Senior Attorney and Director of our State & Regional Climate Policies efforts. Bryk has over two decades’ experience developing and implementing climate, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean transportation policies. “I am thrilled to be joining the stellar team at EELP. States and cities continue to push the envelope on climate, crafting policies to deliver a just and equitable transition to a clean energy economy. There couldn’t be a better time for EELP to expand its capacity to support their efforts,” she said.

EELP Faculty Director Jody Freeman says, “Dale is a fabulous addition to our program and brings her deep experience on state and regional climate and energy policy. She is one of the most creative, thoughtful and high-impact people working in this space, and is highly respected by all stakeholders. I am delighted to have her join our team.”

Bryk served as New York State’s Deputy Secretary for Energy and Environment from 2019-2020. As the Governor’s top energy and environment policy advisor, she oversaw New York’s nation-leading climate agenda and directed the agencies and authorities responsible for developing and implementing the state policies and initiatives needed to build a just and sustainable clean energy economy, such as the landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, the Green New Deal, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the New York Green Bank.

Prior to this role, Bryk served in a variety of positions at the Natural Resources Defense Council, including Chief Planning Officer, Director of Programs, and Director of the Energy & Transportation Program. Throughout her 21 years at NRDC, she worked to develop and implement climate, energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean transportation policies. From 2002 to 2010, she also taught the Environmental Law Clinic at Yale Law School. Before joining NRDC, she practiced corporate law at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York.

EELP Executive Director Carrie Jenks says “I am excited for the opportunity to have Dale join the EELP team. Her experience and expertise on state and regional climate policies for a broad range of sectors will be critical to support states’ adoption of policies that are legally resilient.”

Bryk holds a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, a master’s from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.