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Executive Director

Barbara J. Goldsmith
Executive Director, Ad-Hoc Industry Natural Resource Management Group

Barbara J. Goldsmith has served as Executive Director of the Ad-Hoc Industry Natural Resource Management Group since 1988. She also serves as President of the environmental specialty consulting firm Barbara J. Goldsmith & Company.

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 damages liability and assessment and was appointed in 2005 by the Secretary of the Interior to serve on the 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 industrial sectors, the U.S. Government, international agencies and many countries worldwide. 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.

Barbara holds a Bachelors degree from The George Washington University and a Master of City Planning in Environmental Analysis from Harvard University. The latter was a joint degree program between the Harvard School of Public Health, Graduate School of Design and John F. Kennedy School of Government. Barbara was one of the first persons at Harvard University to address in an academic curriculum what would later be known as sustainable development, and in 2012, she was honored to be a delegate to the United Nations Corporate Sustainability Forum held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and related business/industry deliberations there.

A full CV is availble upon request.