Brett Swift leads work protecting and restoring freshwater, terrestrial, coastal, and marine ecosystems and advancing policies to improve the resilience of these ecosystems to climate change in Oregon and Washington for Pew’s U.S. conservation project. Previously, Swift worked on Pew’s efforts to protect and restore free-flowing rivers across the U.S., focusing on safeguarding ecologically important rivers and removing dams and culverts to allow safe passage for salmon and other aquatic species. Swift is based in Portland, Oregon.
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.