Brent Newell was born and raised in Northern California, graduating from Cardinal Newman High School of Santa Rosa. In 1992, he earned a degree in Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, which included a year studying abroad at the Wirtschafts Universität Wien and the Universität Wien in Austria. In 1997, he enrolled at the University of Oregon School of Law and a year later joined CRPE as a summer legal intern. During that summer, he did the legal and factual research that helped CRPE embark on a multi-year campaign to regulate animal factories. After graduating in 2000, Brent joined CRPE as an Equal Justice Fellow in CRPE’s Delano office to work on a project to help rural communities protect themselves from unregulated animal factory air pollution. In 2003, Brent established the San Joaquin Valley Air Quality Project to provide legal and community organizing assistance to communities struggling for healthy air in the nation’s most polluted air basin. In 2008, Brent was named Legal Director and in 2010 became General Counsel, Brent livies in the Bay Area and enjoys most of his spare time with his family and still manages to get away for a few days of backpacking and fly fishing each year.
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