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Harvard University

Memberships and Citations

EPA’s Distinguished Career Service Award

President’s Meritorious Executive Award

Member, President’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (1993-2000)

Chair, “President’s Task Force for Drought Relief in the Midwest”

Member, Advisory Board of the Minerals Management Service and the NAFTA environmental study task force

for the United States Trade Representative

Major practice areas

Richard Sanderson

Senior Counselor
Dick Sanderson’s 40+ years of public and private sector experience give him unmatched knowledge about federal environmental and emergency management policies.

Dick’s federal government service includes positions in the White House, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Environmental Protection Agency. During this time, Dick was intimately involved with drafting and implementing regulations involving flood plain management, endangered species, emergency procedures and historic preservation.

As Director of the EPA’s Office of Federal Activities, he oversaw filing and rating of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation for the entire Federal Government. He was also responsible for EPA compliance with the Endangered Species Act, the Historic Preservation Act and flood plain management.

Other Experience
  • Managed EPA’s Congressional and Legislative Affairs offices while serving as Deputy Assistant Administrator and Acting Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of External Affairs He was also Acting Director of EPA’s Press and Intergovernmental offices.

  • Staff member, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

  • Director of Individual Assistance Program and Director the Natural Hazards Division, Federal Emergency Management Administration

Natural resources


Urban river restoration


Flood risk management

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