Trudy D. Fisher was reappointed as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality by Governor Phil Bryant in January 2012. Ms. Fisher was first appointed by former Governor Haley Barbour in January 2007, and is the first woman to serve as the agency’s director. Prior to returning to MDEQ, she was in private practice where she led an environmental law practice. She had previously served as MDEQ’s General Counsel.
As MDEQ Executive Director, she manages a staff of more than 400 and a budget of over $250 million. MDEQ is responsible for protecting the state’s environment and administers most of the U. S. EPA programs, including air, water and waste management activities; monitors, models, and regulates water use; and functions as the state geological survey. After Hurricane Katrina devastated south Mississippi, under Fisher’s leadership, the agency implemented a $640 million wastewater and water infrastructure program for the Mississippi Gulf Coast region.
In addition to her duties as Executive Director, Fisher serves as Mississippi’s Trustee for natural resources under the Oil Pollution Act. She is tasked with leading Mississippi’s recovery from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and was a leader in negotiating the $1 billion Early Framework agreement with BP which has resulted in over $70 million in early restoration initiatives in the State of Mississippi to date. After passage of the RESTORE Act, Governor Bryant designated Fisher to be his designee on the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council and has served as a member of the Council since its inception. Governor Bryant has also directed Fisher to lead the restoration efforts of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Fisher has been repeatedly recognized by her peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America and recently received a rating of “AV Preeminent,” which is the highest possible legal rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.
Fisher earned a bachelor of science degree from the Mississippi University for Women and her juris doctor degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Mississippi Law Journal.