Posted: February 22nd, 2013 | By: Lauren Sarno
Neal Robbins (’07) has been appointed to North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) new leadership team as director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. DENR Sec. John E. Skvarla III selected a team, according to The Winston-Salem Chronicle, that was formed to help aid Skvarla in his mission to make the agency “more customer-service friendly.”
Skvarla outlined the top three principles he plans to institute which also include growing the state’s economy. He said the agency should be aware of the economic costs and benefits integral to its mission, and should make decisions concerning the environment with the respect and understanding for a diverse set of scientific viewpoints.
In Robbins’ current position as director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, he will be working with members of the General Assembly on environmental legislation and constituent issues. He will also coordinate DENR’s periodic reports on the General Assembly.
“I am very excited about working for two leaders who I believe can reinvigorate North Carolina, Gov. Pat McCrory and Sec. John Skvarla,” Robbins said.
According to his law firm’s website, Robbins was born and raised in North Carolina. He earned his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from N.C. State and then received his Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctorate at Wake Forest University. Prior to law school, Robbins was employed as a chemical engineer at one of the nation’s largest privately held companies. He is currently a member of the Wake Forest law school’s Young Alumni Board.