Professionals / Henry L. Diamond
Henry L. Diamond
1350 I Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005-3311
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Henry L. Diamond is Senior Counsel with Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. From 1974 to 1975, he was the Executive Director of the Commission on Critical Choices for Americans. That Commission, chaired by Nelson A. Rockefeller, was composed of 43 prominent Americans, including the leaders of Congress. Its purpose was to identify the critical policy choices available to the American people.
Mr. Diamond became New York State's Commissioner of Environmental Conservation in 1970, when a new agency was created, combining all resource management and antipollution programs into the nation's first environmental department. As Commissioner, he was instrumental in developing of the Environmental Quality Bond Act of 1972 and securing its passage by the state legislature and approval by the voters. The Act provided $1.15 billion for water and air pollution control and land acquisition.
From 1963 to 1969, Mr. Diamond was an associate of Laurance S. Rockefeller in his conservation and environmental activities. He was a member of the Long Island State Park Commission and the Commission on the Future of the Adirondacks. Mr. Diamond edited the reports of the Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commission, a congressional presidential commission whose recommendations led to the Wilderness Act and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
In 1962, he served as an assistant to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
President Johnson named Mr. Diamond as a member of the Citizen's Advisory Committee on Youth Opportunity. President Nixon appointed him a member of the President's Advisory Committee on Environmental Quality, and he became Chairman of that group in 1973. In 1991, he was Chairman of the 75th Anniversary Symposium of the National Park Service. Mr. Diamond serves on the boards of a number of legal, corporate, and environmental organizations. He is the co-author (with Pat Noonan) of the Sustainable Use of Land Project report, "Land Use in America."