Brenda Bass has joined the California Chamber of Commerce as a policy advocate specializing in water supply and storage issues.
She came to the CalChamber policy team from the Sacramento office of Downey Brand, where she was a senior associate. She advised public agency and private clients on environmental review requirements, as well as applying for and complying with water quality permits.
“Brenda’s expertise in water policy will serve CalChamber members well,” said Ben Golombek, CalChamber executive vice president and chief of staff for policy. “Brenda knows how water policies work in practice, understands water supply and storage issues well, and will be a strong advocate for practical solutions to California’s growing water crisis.”
Bass has experience with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) litigation and groundwater quality issues for agricultural and water clients throughout California. She also advised clients on Clean Water Act matters, compliance with state and federal laws governing stormwater and wastewater quality, as well as assisted agricultural enterprises with rapidly changing irrigation discharge regulations.
Before joining Downey Brand, Bass practiced at a California boutique environmental firm. She also externed for a federal bankruptcy judge in Sacramento.
Bass earned a B.A. in linguistics at the University of California, Davis, and a J.D. with distinction from the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, where she was primary editor of the McGeorge Law Review.