Senior Counselor to the Administrator
Environmental Protection Agency
Avi is a nationally-recognized environmental leader, lawyer, and advocate with decades of experience tackling the most critical threats to our air, water, and lands. Honored by the National Law Journal as an Energy and Environmental Trailblazer, Avi was recently appointed by the Biden Administration to serve as the Senior Counselor to the Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Avi served as General Counsel at EPA in the Obama Administration from 2013-2017 – the longest to hold that position – and prior to that served as the Agency’s Deputy General Counsel. Avi’s work in the private sector includes as Patagonia’s Environmental Advocate, and co-chair of the environmental practice of a major international law firm. He was a distinguished federal environmental crimes prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice, and began his environmental law career nearly three decades ago in EPA’s enforcement office. Avi received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Public Service from the University of Virginia School of law, obtained a masters degree in marine affairs, and has served on the Boards of non-profits and the Organic Trade Association.