Board Member, Partnership for Conservation

Malissa Hathaway McKeith is an accomplished international environmental lawyer, policy influencer and civic advocate in California. She is the president of Citizens United for Resources and the Environment (CURE), a public non-profit her family founded over 20 years ago to address accountability in government decision making affecting natural resource and land use planning ( She also is the Managing Agent of Environmental Infrastructure Consultants, LLC (EnvInC) and is a licensed real estate broker. Her legal career included chairing the real estate departments of several national firms including Baker & Mckenzie, Loeb & Loeb and Lewis Brisbois, and she has represented numerous Fortune 500 and private sector companies with environmental compliance and remediation, transfers and development of Brownfield properties, and permitting of large infrastructure energy and water projects. Malissa has spent decades working in Washington D.C. with the Departments of Interior, Agriculture, State, EPA and Pentagon on complicated environmental matters. She has a particular expertise in negotiations at the U.S./Mexico border on infrastructure development and water transfers and increasingly has focused on water disputes in the Middle East.

Malissa’s broad experience places her in an excellent position to add to the P4C’s mission of retaining and expanding conservation through the private sector. As a business woman, she particularly appreciates the need for investor certainty while at the same time ensuring that the land being conserved has long-term environmental benefits for the surrounding community. She has been active in P4C for two years on the Membership Committee and regularly volunteers to assist P4C in its efforts with Congress.

Malissa also is on the Board of the Robert Redford Conservancy and the Urban Water Institute and she is a visiting lecturer at Pitzer College. She is a former Governor of the State Bar of California, and the Governor’s appointee to the Colorado River Board, Fish & Game Commission, and Military Base Reuse Commission. Malissa is active in her community on a wide range of political issues and is particularly interested in retaining 5,000 acres of urban agriculture to train young farmers and ensure local food security while reducing the affect of climate change. Malissa has no political affiliation.

She can be reached at [email protected] or 213-300-3550.

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