Tom Wolfe is the Northeast-Midwest Institute’s Executive Director.  He holds engineering and law degrees from the University of Maryland and a Master of Laws in Environmental Law from George Washington University.  His working career has focused on the intersection of environmental and energy policy.

Most recently he served as Senior Director of Federal Affairs for the American Institute of Architects.  While there he was responsible for the creation in Federal law of a tax provision that benefited that profession, an alternative housing program for hurricane Katrina victims, as well as legislation creating incentives for green buildings, historic preservation and energy efficiency.

At the law firm of Howrey and Simon he managed the firm’s environmental consulting practice, participated in international negotiations regarding the Basel Convention on waste, served on an Trade Advisory Committee to the U.S. Trade Representative and Commerce Department (where he held a Secret security clearance), and facilitated negotiations between environmental groups and utility executives regarding clean air regulatory policy.

He is a member of the Maryland and D.C Bars, and is recognized to practice law before three Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.  He serves on the Boards of three environmental organizations.

His publications include:

  • “Waste Not,” The Environmental Forum February 2002.
  • “Emerging Techniques in Valuing Liabilities at Contaminated Sites” Chemical Waste Litigation Reporter  October 1999.
  • “The Daubert Rule in Toxic Tort Litigation,” Risk Assessment and Risk Management in Environmental Law, American Law Institute – American Bar Association, Washington, DC, October 8-9, 1998.
  • “Realistic Recycling,” Federal Bar Journal, February 1992.