Carolyn Berndt, Legislative Director, Sustainability

As a member of the federal advocacy team, Carolyn leads NLC’s advocacy, regulatory and policy efforts on energy and environmental issues, including water infrastructure and financing, water and air quality, climate change, energy efficiency, brownfields, solid and hazardous waste, and more. 

Prior to joining NLC, Carolyn served as associate director of government and public affairs at the American Society for Interior Designers, working with coalitions throughout the country to secure interior design registration and licensure laws. Formerly, Carolyn worked for Burns and Roe, a private engineering and construction company, in their government affairs office in Washington, DC. 

Carolyn received her master’s degree in public administration from American University in Washington, DC and her Bachelor of Arts in political science from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

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