Mark Brownstein is vice president of the Climate and Energy Program at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Brownstein leads EDF’s work on the oil and gas industry, with particular focus on methane emissions and the risks to public health and the environment associated with unconventional oil and gas development, and he specializes in a variety of electric and gas utility policy and regulatory issues. Brownstein is a member of the Electric Power Research Institute’s public advisory board and the Keystone Center energy board. He is also an adjunct professor of law at New York University Law School, where he co-teaches a seminar on public policy and energy project finance, and has taught energy policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Prior to joining EDF, he held a variety of business strategy and environmental management positions within Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), one of the largest electric and gas utility holding companies in the United States. Brownstein’s career includes time as an attorney in private environmental practice, an air quality regulator with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and an aide to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Brownstein holds a B.A. from Vassar College and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.