Gussie Lord '01
Appointed: July 2021 by Gov. Ralph Northam
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Gussie Lord ’01 is the managing attorney of the Tribal Partnerships Program at Earthjustice, a nonprofit public interest environmental law organization. Lord represents Indian tribes and Indigenous communities in their efforts to protect the environment and sacred sites. Prior to joining Earthjustice, Lord worked at the New Mexico Court of Appeals. She also spent several years in private practice representing tribes in environmental, administrative, and jurisdictional matters, and representing public housing authorities in efforts to expand affordable housing opportunities.
Lord graduated from VMI a degree in English, with distinction. While at VMI, Lord earned monograms in cross country and track and field. She also participated in cheerleading, soccer, the Promaji Club, and served as opinion editor of The Cadet and Co-Editor of the Sounding Brass. Lord was a member of VMI’s first co-educational class and was a first class private. She graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 2006.