Grant Cope, Deputy Secretary for Environmental Policy
Grant Cope was appointed Deputy Secretary for Environmental Policy by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in November 2013. Previous to his appointment to the California Environmental Protection Agency, Grant lived and worked in Washington D.C.
He served as Senior Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works handling an array of legal and policy matters, including toxic chemical regulation, cost benefit analysis, administrative law, drinking water quality, scientific integrity, nuclear safety and hazardous waste cleanup issues. He worked to pass national legislation adopting California state laws on formaldehyde levels in composite wood products and eliminate lead from drinking water pipes, while also helping to preserve various state laws, including Proposition 65.
During 2005, Grant also developed national policies on hazardous waste management and cleanup for the Sierra Club. From 2002 to 2004, Grant was an Associate Attorney with Earthjustice, and Staff Attorney at U.S. Public Interest Research Group from 1998 to 2002 where he analyzed and developed national legislation, rules and policies concerning drinking water quality, and toxic waste cleanups. He began his career championing the environment at the Northwest Environmental Defense Center from 1996 to 1998, including serving as the organization’s Executive Director.
Grant graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley in 1993, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. In 1998, he received a Juris Doctor and a Natural Resources Law Institute Award from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College.