Jordan Gonda '11
Jordan Gonda is Associate General Counsel with Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) where she provides a range of legal and counseling services to DEC’s Waste Management & Prevention Division (WMPD). Jordan’s job duties at DEC include development of internal policies and procedures to facilitate implementation of the WMPD’s regulatory programs, analyzing legal risk and providing options-based advice on policy and legal decision-making, drafting regulations and legislative initiatives, participating in settlement negotiations, and assisting DEC and ANR leadership in complex waste-related projects. Most recently, Jordan has played a significant role in the DEC’s efforts to regulate the non-radiological hazardous waste activities of the Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon, VT, which ceased its operations in December, 2014.
After graduating from VLS in 2011 with a joint JD and Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP), Jordan held a series of positions with various Vermont entities working on a wide-range of environmental issues. In 2012, Jordan facilitated, including providing testimony on, the passage of H.464, which banned hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in Vermont. She obtained private practice experience working for the firm Dunkiel, Saunders, Elliott, Raubvogel, and Hand in Burlington, during which time she conducted research and assisted in brief writing related to renewable energy projects and Act 250 projects. Additionally, Jordan obtained valuable bill drafting and legislative experience during the 2012-2013 legislative session as a Law Clerk with Vermont Legislative Council in the State House in Montpelier. Prior to graduating from VLS, Jordan learned from experiential opportunities working as a judicial extern at the Superior Court, Environmental Division under the supervision of Judge Thomas Durkin, and as a student clinician at the Environmental & Natural Resources Law Clinic. Jordan’s most notable work at the ENRLC included extensive research on Endangered Species Act citizen suits and FERC-regulated hydroelectric dams, and other laws related to anadromous Atlantic salmon. Jordan is originally from the Poconos region of Pennsylvania where she developed a deep commitment for the natural world at a very young age. Jordan now lives in Waitsfield with her spouse Rudy Polwin, their dog, Timber; their cat, Scout; and 8 chickens. Jordan also serves as a member of the Waitsfield Planning Commission.