Judith Enck is a senior advisor at the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development. She will work with Bennington students to tackle the giant emerging issue of our time: plastic pollution.
Enck is a senior advisor at the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development. Recently she was a visiting scholar at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in the Hudson Valley. Appointed by President Obama, Enck served as the Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency overseeing environmental protection in NY, NJ, eight Indian Nations, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands. Working with a staff of 800 and managing a $700 million budget, she secured a number of environmental accomplishments during her tenure at the EPA.
Enck has worked on environmental and energy issues related to hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, serving on the Governor’s Hurricane Recovery and Resiliency Advisory Committee in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Enck previously served as Deputy Secretary for the Environment in the New York Governor’s Office and served as a policy advisor to the New York State Attorney General. Prior to that, she was Senior Environmental Associate with the New York Public Interest Research Group. She also served as the executive director of Environmental Advocates of New York. She is a past president of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, former executive director of the Non-Profit Resource Center and a designer of her town’s rural recycling program. Enck was a visiting faculty member at Bennington for Fall 2018. She was a senior fellow in the Center for the Advancement of Public Action for the spring and fall of 2019 and became President of the Beyond Plastics Program in January 2020.