Sherry Enzler

Department of Forest Resources

Sherry Enzler is an adjunct faculty member in the University of Minnesota's environmental sciences, policy and management program, and an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law.

Enzler's research brings together policy and law with natural systems and environmental issues. She is particularly interested in how society can change political and social systems to protect ecosystems, as well as the development of non-regulatory tools to enhance environmental performance.

Before coming to the U of M, Enzler was the executive director of the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance. During that time, she led the development of Minnesota's extended producer responsibility program, which was recognized by the Harvard Kennedy School for its innovative approach to developing life-cycle solutions for consumer electronics and carpets.

Prior to that, she spent 15 years as an environmental attorney in both private and public practice. Her legal career included several years with the Minnesota attorney general's office, where she served as the state's lead environmental defense attorney. In 2004, she was recognized by Minnesota Law & Politics as a “superstar” (one of the top environmental lawyers in Minnesota).

Enzler received a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law and a master's of public administration from the University of Southern California, where she was a national public service fellow. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the U of M, where she is currently a doctoral candidate.

A northern Minnesota native, Enzler loves hiking the trails and canoeing the lakes of the Northwoods. She is also an avid cook and reader. 

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