Advisory Council Chair

Richard Revesz
Lawrence King Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus, New York University School of Law 

Richard Revesz is one of the nation’s leading voices in the fields of environmental and regulatory law and policy. His work focuses on the use of cost-benefit analysis in administrative regulation, federalism and environmental regulation, design of liability regimes for environmental protection, and positive political economy analysis of environmental regulation. His book Retaking Rationality: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environment and Our Health (with Michael Livermore ’06; 2008) contends that the economic analysis of law can be used to support a more protective approach to environmental and health policy. In 2008, Revesz co-founded the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law to advocate for regulatory reform before courts, legislatures, and agencies, and to contribute original scholarly research in the environmental and health-and-safety areas. Revesz received a BS summa cum laude from Princeton University, an MS in civil engineering from MIT, and a JD from Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. After judicial clerkships with Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the US Supreme Court, Revesz joined the NYU School of Law faculty in 1985 and served as dean from 2002 to 2013. Revesz is the director of the American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a senior fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States.

Advisory Council Members

Bruce Babbitt Bruce Babbitt 
President, Raintree Ventures 

Bruce Babbitt is a lifelong conservationist with decades of experience addressing complex natural resource issues. Serving as attorney general of Arizona from 1975 to 1978, followed by governor from 1978 to 1987, Babbitt brought environmental and resource management issues to the forefront in Arizona. He was instrumental in negotiating ground-breaking water management agreements and was responsible for the creation of the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality as well as a major expansion of the state park system. Appointed as secretary of the Department of the Interior by President Clinton in 1993, Babbitt served for eight years, during which time he led the creation of the forest plan in the Pacific Northwest, restoration of the Florida Everglades, passage of the California Desert Protection Act, and legislation for the National Wildlife Refuge System. He pioneered the use of habitat conservation plans under the Endangered Species Act and worked with President Clinton to create 22 new national monuments, including the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah. Babbitt is the author of Cities in the Wilderness (Island Press), in which he lays out a new vision of land use in America.

Daniel Firger
Bloomberg Philanthropies

Dan Firger '10 is a member of the Environment Program at Bloomberg Philanthropies, where he helps manage the foundation’s global activities and partnerships on clean energy, climate change, and sustainable finance. He also supports Michael Bloomberg in Bloomberg's roles as United Nations Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change and as chair of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. Previously in his career, Firger was an attorney at Baker & McKenzie. He received a JD from NYU Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar, and a master's in public and international affairs from Princeton University.

David J. Hayes
Executive Director

David J. Hayes is a nationally recognized environmental, energy and natural resources lawyer who leads the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center at NYU School of Law. Hayes is a distinguished visiting lecturer in law at Stanford Law School, a consulting professor at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment, and a research scholar at Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy. He previously served as the deputy secretary and chief operating officer at the Department of the Interior for Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama (1999-2001; 2009-2013). Hayes also is a member of Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s Sustainability Advisory Council; the board of directors for the Coalition for Green Capital; the advisory council of Stanford’s Bill Lane Center for the American West; and chair of the US Wildlife Trafficking Alliance. Before and between his service in the Clinton and Obama administrations, Hayes worked in the private sector as a partner and global chair of the Environment, Land & Resources department at Latham & Watkins, an international law firm. Hayes graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and received his JD from Stanford Law School, where he served as notes editor of the Stanford Law Review.

Anne Milgram
Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence
Senior Fellow, New York University School of Law

Anne Milgram’s work centers on reforming the criminal justice system through smart data, analytics, and technology. Milgram '96 is currently a professor of practice and distinguished scholar in residence at New York University School of Law, where she is building a criminal justice innovation lab, dedicated to using data and technology to transform the American criminal justice system. She also teaches seminars on criminal justice policy and human trafficking. From 2007 to 2010, Milgram served as New Jersey’s attorney general, where she led the 9,000-person Department of Law & Public Safety. Milgram was New Jersey’s chief law enforcement officer. In that capacity, she directed the state Division of Criminal Justice and had oversight responsibility for state and county prosecutors and more than 30,000 local law enforcement officers statewide. Milgram also oversaw, and significantly reformed, the Camden Police Department. Milgram began her career as an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. She then served as a federal prosecutor in the United States Department of Justice, where she was the special litigation counsel for the prosecution of human trafficking crimes. Milgram was awarded the US Department of Justice Special Commendation for Outstanding Service and the US Department of Justice Director’s Award for her work. After graduating summa cum laude from Rutgers University, Milgram received a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge and a law degree from New York University School of Law. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Anne E. Thompson in Federal District Court in Trenton, New Jersey.

Veery Maxwell
Director, Energy Innovation

Veery Maxwell is a Director at Energy Innovation.  She focuses on regulatory, financial, and legal due diligence on technology companies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions at scale.  Veery is a member of the California Bar, having earned a J.D. degree with honors from UC Hastings School of the Law where she focused on environmental issues. She was Managing Editor of West-Northwest, the Hastings environmental law and policy journal, and wrote and published on regulatory barriers for clean energy technologies.  Veery received a B.A. degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a double major in finance and international business. Previously, Veery worked for The Nature Conservancy, ClimateWorks Foundation, and the environmental law division of Union Pacific.  She serves on the boards of several companies and nonprofits, including Element Analytics, Streetlight Data, Sunfolding, Voltus, WaterSmart Software, and Clean Energy Trust.