Deputy Director, Public Lands
Expertise: Public lands, energy and environmental policy
Nidhi Thakar is the Deputy Director of Public Lands at American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, Thakar spent six years in private practice as an associate at Perkins Coie LLP, where she counseled clients on energy and environmental regulations and laws, including the Federal Power Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. In this role, she advised clients on the permitting of onshore and offshore renewable energy projects and hydroelectric projects, Western water issues, hydraulic fracturing, and wholesale electric and natural gas proceedings.
Previously, Thakar spent two years as a legislative aide to former Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV). In this role, Thakar handled issues related to public lands, energy, the environment, water, and appropriations. She also clerked with the Department of Justice, the Division of Environmental and Natural Resources, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of the General Counsel.
Thakar earned her law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School, with a certificate in environment and natural resources, and also earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland. She currently serves as co-president of the Women’s Energy Network, vice chair of the Energy Bar Association’s Renewable Energy Committee, and sits on the board for the Center for American Politics and Citizenship.