Top NH Advocate Sheridan Brown Joins NWF
December 22, 2014 – Sheridan Brown, one of New Hampshire’s political and environmental leaders, is joining the National Wildlife Federation as its New Hampshire Conservation Programs Manager. Brown will lead a new conservation initiative being pioneered by NWF, NWF’s state affiliate, New Hampshire Audubon, and Conservation New Hampshire.
“We feel like we hit the jackpot when Sheridan joined our organization,” said Curtis Fisher, regional executive director at NWF’s Northeast Regional Center. “Sheridan is the perfect fit for our multi-partner, bipartisan conservation initiatives. His leadership on clean energy and environmental protection will make New Hampshire a better place to live and work.”
A Grantham resident, Brown has most recently worked in solo practice as an attorney and government relations consultant. Prior to entering legal practice, Brown spent ten years as an aide to John E. Sununu in both the U.S. House and Senate. He is a Somersworth native who received his B.A. in political science from the University of New Hampshire and his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, where he graduated cum laude and received the Jurisprudence Award for Excellent Achievement in Environmental Law. Brown was among this year’s recipients of the Union Leader Newspaper’s “40 Under Forty” award.
Brown, an avid birdwatcher, said: “Since childhood, when I eagerly read its Ranger Rick magazines, the National Wildlife Federation has been an organization I’ve admired for its tremendous work to protect our wildlife. I’m excited to put my experience building bipartisan conservation coalitions to work for NWF as part of its team. Like many others witnessing the shocking decline of New Hampshire’s moose population, I’m greatly concerned about the impact global warming is already having on our state and its wildlife. The good news is that we have huge untapped potential to cut carbon pollution and create new, good-paying jobs by investing in clean energy.”
In the New Hampshire legislature, Brown has led several successful bipartisan coalitions in support of major environmental initiatives. This year, Brown headed NH Audubon’s efforts to secure passage and enactment of legislation creating state-level pipeline oil spill preparedness requirements. The legislation responds to the growing threat of tar sands transport through the aging Portland-Montreal pipeline across New Hampshire’s North Country. In 2013, Brown led the Loon Preservation Committee’s legislative efforts resulting in passage and enactment of the nation’s toughest restrictions on the sale and use of toxic lead (Pb) fishing sinkers and jigs, known to poison loons and other wildlife.
“This is a big win for New Hampshire,” said Michael J. Bartlett, president of NH Audubon. “Sheridan’s will be a great voice for reason and a common-sense approach to protecting our environment.
Susan Arnold, board chair of Conservation New Hampshire, added: “Sheridan embodies the bipartisan spirit in New Hampshire for strong conservation policies that bring people together.”
Brown is also active in his community, serving on the Grantham Conservation Commission and Grantham Zoning Board of Adjustment. He is a member of the Newport Rotary Club and Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust’s Outreach Committee. Brown has also been a NH Audubon volunteer as a member of its Policy Committee and a Bald Eagle monitor for over a decade.
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