David Reed, Executive Director
David Reed is the Executive Director at CLA and the Director of CLA’s Advocacy Center. Dave has been with CLA since 2020 and was previously the Executive Director at the Environmental Action Center prior to its merger with CLA. In 2020, Dave brought the Environmental Action Center’s analytical and environmental advocacy-centered approach to representing clients. Combining an environmental science and legal background, Dave provides our clients and partners with both environmental law experience and knowledge of terrestrial and estuarine ecological systems.
Prior to joining CLA and his tenure with the Environmental Action Center, Dave worked in private practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including environmental consulting within the Bay region. His environmental science research spanned freshwater wetlands, and coastal wetland and estuarine environments. He also brings experience with a variety of environmental law matters, including state and federal water and air pollution control laws. Dave’s experience informs our CWA permitting and industrial agriculture enforcement work, as well as our energy and gas work.
Dave holds a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law, an M.S. from Florida International University, and a B.A. in Environmental Science from Gettysburg College. He is currently a member of the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia Bars.
Dave lives in Olney, Maryland with his two boys, exploring local hiking and climbing areas in and around Maryland.