CVNMEF Board Director

Tannis Fox is a lawyer who devoted much of her 30+ year career to protecting New Mexico’s environment, both as Deputy General Counsel for the New Mexico Environment Department and an Assistant Attorney General with the New Mexico Attorney General.

She had served as an Assistant Attorney General under then-Attorney General Tom Udall and, since 2016, has worked in the United States Senate as Senator Udall’s speechwriter.

Over her career, Tannis has directed complex litigation in environmental enforcement, permitting, and rulemaking matters, and worked to protect groundwater at New Mexico copper mine sites and the federal labs, to clean up hazardous waste sites, to protect surface water in wilderness areas, and to protect air quality.

In 2018, she received the Karl Souder Award from the New Mexico Environmental Law Center for her work to protect New Mexico groundwater.

Tannis graduated from Williams College with a B.A. and a major in economics. She received her J.D. magna cum laude from Indiana University Law School, and was awarded Order of the Coif. She clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the Honorable Thomas Tang in Phoenix, Arizona.

Tannis enjoys running, swimming, biking (and very occasionally competing in triathlons), hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, and yin yoga.