At a Glance
- Career History: Counsel at General Electric (since 2006); Partner at Spriggs & Hollingsworth LLP (2004 to 2006); Of Counsel at Spriggs & Hollingsworth (2001 to 2004); Lawyer at Lawcorps (2001); Counsel and principal counsel to the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division (1995 to 2001); Special assistant to the assistant attorney general (1994 to 1995); Associate at Hogan & Hartson LLP (1990 to 1994)
- Birthday: May 8, 1961
- Hometown: Born in Cartagena, Colombia and raised in Washington Heights, N.Y.
- Alma Mater: New York University, B.A., 1986; J.D., 1990
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Path to Power
Moreno was born in Cartagena, Colombia and raised in Washington Heights, N.Y. She attended New York University from 1978 to 1982 and then earned her B.A. in February 1986 after working for four years at Berkley Publishing Group in New York.
After earning her bachelor's degree, she enrolled at New York University School of Law. During law school, she interned for then-Sen. Joseph R. Biden (D-Del.) on the Senate Judiciary Committee and was a summer associate for Kaye Scholer LLP in Washington, D.C. After graduating, Moreno spent four years as an associate in the environmental and litigation practice groups at the Washington, D.C., law firm Hogan & Hartson.
Moreno has spent most of her career handling environmental litigation. She began her career in the environment practice group at Hogan & Hartson, and she has also focused on education issues.
Moreno spent six years as a government lawyer with DOJ's Environment and Natural Resources Division, but her nomination to lead that division was criticized because of her extensive work on behalf of corporate clients. "The question is: Is she the best possible person for that job, given the sensitive nature of that position?" said President of Clean Air Watch Frank O'Donnell. "It seems as if she has spent maybe more time defending polluters than prosecuting them."
Moreno worked in the Justice Department during the Clinton administration as counsel to assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division Lois Schiffer.
While in law school, Moreno interned for then-Sen. Joseph R. Biden on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Moreno has donated $3,800 since 2003. Of that, $2,300 went to Barack Obama in 2008. She also donated to then-Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) in 2003, $250 to the Democratic National Committee in 2004 and $250 to Harris Miller (D), who ran for Virginia Senate in 2006.