Alexandra Dapalito Dunn, Executive Director and General Council, Environmental Council of States (ECOS)


Alex Dunn

Alexandra Dapolito Dunn is the Executive Director and General Counsel of the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), the national nonprofit, nonpartisan association of U.S. state and territorial environmental commissioners. She has two decades of experience in environmental law and policy, and presently works on legislation, policy and regulatory matters affecting all environmental media – including air, waste, water, and toxics. Her expertise also includes a deep focus on water quality, environmental justice and urban sustainability, and implementation of the Clean Water Act. She is a published author, and speaks regularly, on diverse environmental topics, from cooperative federalism to green cities.


In addition to her practice for ECOS, She is a Lecturer in Law at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America (CUA) (DC) (Advanced Topics in Environmental Law), an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the American University’s Washington College of Law (Environmental Justice), and faculty advisor to CUA’s Environmental Law Society.


She is a member of the bar in Washington, DC, Maryland and New York, the U.S. Supreme Court, and federal courts. Ms. Dunn serves on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute, as Secretary of the non-profit U.S. Water Alliance, and is a member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.


She earned her J.D. at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, James Madison University in Virginia.

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