The Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division announced two new senior managers this week.
Bruce S. Gelber will serve as the career deputy to Assistant Attorney General Ignacia Moreno, who heads the division. And Shirley Rivadeneira recently joined the division from the White House to be counsel to Moreno.
Gelber will oversee the Environmental Enforcement Section, which he previously headed for 11 years. In that role, Gelber oversaw significant litigation including the civil lawsuit the Department of Justice filed against BP Plc after the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. He will also supervise the Environmental Defense Section, which represents the U.S. in complex civil litigation on environmental matters, including defending Environment and Protection Agency regulations.
Rivadeneira will advise the assistant attorney general on a range of initiatives, including outreach to U.S. Attorney’s offices, environmental justice, and international and environmental enforcement, according to the division’s announcement.
Rivadeneira most recently worked for President Barack Obama in the White House as director of the energy and environment team and as director of the domestic team in the presidential personnel office. Before joining the White House, Rivadeneira was an associate at Alston & Bird LLP and Clifford Chance LLP, where she focused on regulatory compliance, environmental law, international arbitration and human rights.