As the Service’s Associate Director, Mr. Dreher is the principal advisor to the Director on major policy issues, and will represent the Service’s priorities within the Department of Interior and the broader administration. He will also develop, coordinate and implement a variety of special projects as assigned by the Director.
Before joining the Service, Mr. Dreher served at the Department of Justice, most recently as the Acting Assistant Attorney General for its Environment and Natural Resources Division. Here, he oversaw nearly 450 attorneys enforcing federal environmental laws, prosecuting environmental crimes, and defending federal agencies as they implement federal environmental laws and manage federal lands and natural resources.
Prior to that, Mr. Dreher served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Defenders of Wildlife; Deputy Executive Director of the Georgetown Environmental Law & Policy Institute at Georgetown University Law Center; Counsel to Troutman Sanders LLC; and Deputy General Counsel of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. He began his career with the Boston firm Hill & Barlow, and spent 10 years with the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund (now Earthjustice) as a staff attorney and managing attorney of its Washington, D.C. office.
Mr. Dreher is a graduate of Yale Law School, and holds an M.A. from Brown University and a B.A. from Harvard College.