New BAN board member Ms. Bear is an attorney, currently in private practice in the field of environmental law. Additionally, she teaches a series of courses on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) at the Duke University School of the Environment and other venues. She serves on several boards, including Humane Borders and Defenders of Wildlife. She recently served on a committee of the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences on the topic of Health Impact Assessment. Ms. Bear served for over 25 years in positions of confidence for both Democratic and Republican administrations at the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the environmental agency in the Executive Office of the President. CEQ has responsibility for developing environmental policy and coordinating its implementation within the executive branch. CEQ also oversees implementation of the NEPA, the statutory basis for the environmental impact assessment process. Ms. Bear chaired the Standing Committee on Environmental Law of the American Bar Association from 1991 to 1993. She chaired the Steering Committee of the Environment Section of the District of Columbia Bar Association, which won the “best section” award during that period. She received the Chairman’s Award from the Natural Resources Council of America, the Distinguished Service Award from the Sierra Club, the Distinguished Achievement Award in Environmental Law and Policy from the American Bar Association, and numerous commendations from a variety of government agencies. Ms. Bear received a Bachelors of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1974 and graduated from McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, California, in 1977. She has been admitted to practice by the District of Columbia Bar; State Bar of California (inactive); the U.S. District Court in Tucson, Arizona (pro hac vice); and the U.S. Supreme Court.