Laura Morton

Laura is the Senior Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs for Offshore Wind at the American Wind Energy Association. Laura is the association's lead on offshore wind issues. She also focuses on building wind's political power by increasing the level of engagement between AWEA’s member companies, Members of Congress and the administration, and by collaborating with the environmental community and other users of ocean resources. Prior to joining AWEA, Laura spent seven years in the federal government, most recently as the Acting Deputy Chief of Staff at NOAA. Laura also served as a Policy Advisor in the Office of Management and Budget, Deputy Associate Director for Climate and Energy at the Council for Environmental Quality, and a Senior Advisor at the Department of Energy. In each of those roles, Laura focused on deployment of renewable energy and bulk transmission projects, and more broadly on mechanisms to modernize the permitting process for major infrastructure projects. Before joining the government, Laura was Senior Counsel in the energy practice of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., and Appellate Counsel in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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