Norman L. Dean

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Norman L. Dean "is the executive director of Friends of the Earth (FoE), one of the nation's most effective and respected environmental advocacy organizations. FoE is the U.S. affiliate of the largest environmental advocacy network in the world with groups in 70 countries.

"Immediately prior to joining FoE, Mr. Dean worked as the Chief Business Officer for Co-op America.

"From late in 1998 until early 2000, Mr. Dean was executive director of the Center for Y2K and Society, a nonprofit organization he co-founded. The Center was created to work with nonprofit organizations and foundations to respond to the societal impacts of the Y2K computer problem.

"Prior to joining the Y2K Center, he served as Senior Vice President for Conservation Programs of the National Wildlife Federation, the nation's largest membership-based environmental group. From 1990 until 1996 he served as chief operating officer and then president and CEO of Green Seal, the nation's first nonprofit environmental product testing and labeling organization. Mr. Dean has also held positions at the Environmental Law Institute, practiced environmental law at the law offices of Bruce J. Terris, and taught environmental policy at the Johns Hopkins University.

"Mr. Dean has authored or co-authored several books and numerous articles on environmental and energy policy. He currently is chair of the board of directors of the Coalition on Environmentally Responsible Economies (Ceres).

"He holds a Bachelor's degree from Yale University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center." [1]

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  1. Norman L. Dean, CERES, accessed May 11, 2008.