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Barbara J. Goldsmith


Barbara J. Goldsmith established the environment specialty consulting firm, Barbara J. Goldsmith & Company, in 1986 and she continues as its President through the current time. She has served as Executive Director of the Ad-Hoc Industry Natural Resource Management Group, since she, in cooperation with six major coporations, founded the Group in 1988. This group of multi-sector and multi-national companies has been instrumental in developing and refining best practices concerning natural resource related liabilities and has also been active on numerous associated policy and practice matters in the US, Europe and elsewhere.

Barbara is a specialist with over 25 years experience in national and international environmental policy and corporate environmental management issues, notably the interface between environmental regulatory requirements and industrial planning and development and the effects of environmental policies on industrial operations and productivity. She is a leading authority on national policies and practices related to natural resource damage liability and assessment and was appointed in 2005 by The Secretary of the Interior to serve on the Department's Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Advisory Committee. Barbara has also been an important thought leader regarding implementation of the EU Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) and she is co-editor and co-author of the seminal book published in 2013 by Oxford University Press on this topic (The EU Environmental Liability Directive: A Commentary).

Barbara has substantial experience with national industry and business trade groups, corporations in all major sectors, the U.S. Government, international agencies and many countries worldwide. The range of her work is diverse, from managing a multi-year contract evaluating air quality issues for the U.S. Department of Energy, to ongoing assignments for The Business Roundtable related to air quality and groundwater issues, to briefing Members of the U.S. Congress on various environmental topics, to assisting in the establishment of the environment program of Saudi Arabia early in her career.

She has worked in Paris, France for the Environment Directorate of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and she is the author of numerous publications on environmental regulatory and policy issues affecting industry. Her biography is included in Who’s Who of American Women and The World Who’s Who of Women.

Barbara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University and a Master of City Planning degree from Harvard University. The latter was a joint degree program between Harvard’s School of Public Health and Graduate School of Design. She is also a alumna of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

A full CV, detailing Barbara’s many speaking engagements and publications, her experience and accomplishments, is available upon request.


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