Professor of Practice
Director, Virginia Coastal Policy Center
Elizabeth Andrews has a deep background in environmental and coastal issues that makes her well suited to direct the Law School’s VCPC. She formerly served as Senior Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Environmental Section of the Virginia Office of the Attorney General, where she oversaw a team of attorneys representing and providing counsel to the Secretary of Natural Resources and the natural resources agencies of the Commonwealth. She also chaired the Office’s internal APA Committee and became known for her expertise in Virginia administrative law. Most recently, she served as the Water Policy Manager for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, where she worked closely with the legislature, the regulated community and environmental organizations to address the water quality and quantity challenges facing Virginia, particularly its coastal areas. She also developed her expertise in administrative and regulatory law during her years working as a Staff Attorney for the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry. Prior to law school, Ms. Andrews served as a public information officer for the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs and then as Director of Public Affairs for the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority.
Professor Andrews is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and received her Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude, from the Washington College of Law at American University. She serves as Chair of the Virginia State Bar Communications Committee, serves as an appointed member of the Virginia Code Commission’s Administrative Law Advisory Committee, is a graduate of the Leadership Fairfax program, and is a former Chair of the Richmond Bar Association’s Energy and Environmental Law Section.