Stephanie AltmanStephanie Altman

Stephanie Altman
International Section
Office of the General Counsel
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
U.S. Department of Commerce

Stephanie Altman joined NOAA’s Office of General Counsel in 2011. As an attorney advisor, Stephanie focuses on a variety of international issues, including the international regulation of shipping, climate change and mitigation, environment and trade, and legal capacity building to enhance environmental and natural resources governance.

Prior to joining NOAA, Stephanie lived and worked in Liberia, West Africa where she served as a Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture and as a Special Envoy to the European Commission on Forestry Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade-Voluntary Partnership Agreements. At the Ministry of Agriculture, Stephanie worked to inform the drafting of Liberia’s fisheries legal framework. Before Liberia, Stephanie was a Law Fellow at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) where she worked with ELI’s Oceans Program on various projects.

Stephanie received her juris doctorate cum laude from Vermont Law School and received her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy from the University of Colorado. Prior to law school, Stephanie served as an Agro-Forestry Extension Volunteer for the Peace Corps in Senegal. Stephanie lives with her family in Washington, D.C. When not working as an attorney for NOAA, Stephanie can be found planning outdoor adventures, running, gardening, and barbequing.


International Environmental Law: Marine Conservation (International Legal Developments in Review: 2012), (with Derek Campbell, David R. Downes, Joseph W. Dellapena, Joseph Freedman, Royal Gardner, Emily J. Hildreth, Richard A. Horsch, et al.).

Leveraging High Value Natural Resources to Engage Stakeholders in Industry Reform: the Liberia Forestry Initiative's Role in Liberia’s Transition to Stability. (UNEP 2011) (with Sandra Nichols and John Woods).

Community Forestry in West Africa: A Cornerstone for Improving Security and Reducing Conflict. Pax Africa (Pax 2010) (with Charlie Benjamin and Sandra Nichols).

Integrated Ecosystem-Based Management of the U.S. Arctic Marine Environment (Envtl. L. Inst. 2008) (with Kathryn Mengerink).