Email: amy.fraenkel at unep.org
Amy Fraenkel has more than 25 years of experience in environmental law and
policy. She has worked in both the executive and legislative branches of the
United States government, inter-governmental organizations, and the private
Amy joined the United Nations Environment Programme as Regional Director for
North America in January, 2008. Prior to joining UNEP, Amy worked for six years
with the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation where she
served as Senior Counsel of the Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard
Subcommittee. There she worked on legislation related to a wide range of issues,
including climate change, ocean acidification, ship and land-based sources of
pollution, marine mammals and sea turtles, and the UN Convention on the Law of
Prior to working in the U.S. Senate, Ms. Fraenkel worked as a senior policy
advisor in the Office of International Affairs within the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA). She served on U.S. delegations and negotiated measures
in UNEP, the International Maritime Organization, the World Trade Organization,
and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Ms. Fraenkel also worked for seven years in private law practice on
international and environmental issues at the firms Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and
Hamilton in New York, and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene and MacRae in San Francisco.
Ms. Fraenkel graduated from Grinnell College with a Bachelor of Arts in
Political Science and a concentration in environmental studies. She obtained
her law degree from Harvard. She also holds a French language certificate
from l'Institut Catholique de Paris.