Brett Swift


Brett Swift
Brett Swift
Senior Manager
U.S. Public Lands and Rivers Conservation
The Pew Charitable Trusts


Brett Swift works on Pew’s efforts to protect and restore free-flowing rivers in the West, focusing on safeguarding ecologically important rivers and removing dams and culverts to allow safe passage for salmon and other aquatic species.  

Before joining Pew, Swift spent nearly 14 years at American Rivers, where she served as the northwest regional director, deputy directory, and staff attorney. She also worked on an array of campaigns focused on dam removal, water supply, endangered species, and hydropower reform. Previously, she was assistant director of the Northwest Water Project at Lewis & Clark Law School, where her portfolio included water supply, river restoration, state water rights, and endangered species issues.

Swift holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Trinity College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado Law School.