Committed to Advocacy

Andrea Gelfuso

Attorney Andrea Gelfuso has practiced environmental and natural resources law for over 20 years, and shares her passion for effective advocacy by teaching Sustainability, Environmental Law, and Natural Resources Law at the undergraduate, Masters, and Masters of Jurisprudence levels.

Andrea represented the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) for 17 years, litigated cases involving energy development on public land, and never lost a public lands case. She also advised DOI agencies on a range of issues including endangered species, hazardous waste, and compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

After a year of traveling in Europe, Andrea specialized in air quality regulation for the State of Colorado Attorney General’s Office, where she negotiated an enforcement action against one of the largest molybdenum mines in the world and rewrote procedural rules for the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission to advance public participation in air quality rulemaking.

More recently, Andrea served as the Public Lands Attorney for a wildlife law firm, advocating for humane management of wild horses on Federal lands.

In addition, Andrea has written extensively on environmental issues, and has been published in The Denver Post, The New Yorker, High County News, and on  But Andrea’s greatest satisfaction comes from teaching environmental activists how to effectively advocate on behalf of communities and the environment. Read her student testimonials here.

Mission Statement

To empower activists and local governments to advocate effectively, through an understanding of how to use laws and regulations to protect communities and the environment.

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