L. Preston Bryant Jr.

Senior Vice President, Infrastructure and Economic Development

Richmond, VA

+1 804 775 1923

Preston Bryant is a senior vice president at McGuireWoods Consulting where he works in the firm's Infrastructure and Economic Development group. His expertise lies in water, wastewater and energy generation projects, and he advises clients on project site selection and regulatory affairs.

For the past 15 years, Preston's experience in environmental and energy matters has developed from his work in both the public and private sectors. Preston was a partner for nearly a decade at Hurt & Proffitt, Inc., a Virginia-based civil engineering, surveying and planning firm that specializes in large-scale residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional developments as well as transportation facilities. He also represented the City of Lynchburg and Amherst County in the Virginia House of Delegates for 10 years, where he was the House patron of the state's nationally recognized public-private partnership statute (known as "PPEA), passed landmark legislation on wetlands conservation, developed the nation's largest market-based nutrient credit exchange program (phosphorus and nitrogen) to advance upgrades to more than one hundred wastewater treatment plants, and overhauled Virginia's stormwater management programs.

As Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources in the cabinet of Governor Timothy M. Kaine, Preston led the state's six environmental, recreational, wildlife and historic resources agencies, which included a staff of 2,200, and a $420 million annual budget. He also helped write Virginia's first state-wide energy plan.

In 2009, President Obama appointed Preston to chair the National Capital Planning Commission, the central planning agency for all federal lands and buildings in Washington, D.C., suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia. At NCPC, he presides over a staff of some 45 planners, architects, engineers and other professionals.

Advisory Committee, Division of Earth & Life Studies, National Academy of Sciences, 2012

Board of Trustees, Randolph-Macon College, 2010-present

Board of Directors, James River Association, 2010-2012

Chairman and Member, National Capital Planning Commission, 2009-present (appointed by President Obama, October 2009)

Board of Directors, American Foundation for Royal Holloway & Bedford New College, Inc. (University of London), 2008-present

Board of Directors, Capitol Square Civil Rights Memorial Foundation, Inc., 2005-present

Board of Trustees, Inger and Walter Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2003-present

Board Member, Vice-Chair, Chair, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, 1994-2000; 2001-2007  

Advisory Board Member, Virginia Institute of Government, University of Virginia, 1998-2006

Board Member, Opera on the James, 2005-2006

Member, Randolph-Macon College Board of Associates, 1994-2004

Board Member, Vice-President, President, National Kidney Foundation of Virginia, 1997-2001

Board Member, Central Virginia Community Services, 1994-1995

Co-author, "Public-Private Collaboration Remains the Key to Securing Virginia’s Energy Future," Richmond Times-Dispatch, October 15, 2013
Author, "Red, White and Green: A Federal Sustainability Vision for the National Capital," William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, 37.1 (2012): 1-24
Author, "Congress Must Modernize the Clean Water Act," Richmond Times-Dispatch, October 23, 2012
Co-author, "District Energy and Virginia Law," Journal of Local Government Law, Spring 2012
Author, "Stormwater Utilities Key to Bay Cleanup," Richmond Times-Dispatch, January 9, 2011
Author, "Restart for Nuclear Power Plants," Raleigh News & Observer, December 30, 2010
Author, "Government, Industry Aligning to Develop Offshore Wind Farms," Virginian Pilot, June 27, 2010
Author, "Universities are Leading the Sustainability Revolution," University of Richmond Alumni Magazine, Summer 2010
Author, "Climate Change: State, Local Governments Will Help Save Planet," Richmond Times-Dispatch, July 17, 2009
Author, "How the Kaine Administration is Moving Towards a More Sustainable Virginia: Energy Efficiency and Planning, Climate Change Strategies, and Strategic Investment," Virginia Environmental Law Journal, 27.2: 165-175, 2009
Co-author, "On Climate, Obama Must Hurry," Richmond Times-Dispatch, December 17, 2008
Author, "State Commission Grapples With Climate Change," Richmond Times-Dispatch, February 22, 2008

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