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Steve Wall

Policy Research Associate, UNC Institute for the Environment


Steve Wall has over twenty years of experience working on legal and environmental policy issues at the state and federal levels.  Since 2014, Wall has worked as a policy research associate with UNC’s Institute for the Environment. His work at the institute focuses on engaging with policy-makers, the media and the public through the communication of environmental research and identifying policy solutions. In 2016, his role with UNC expanded as he assisted in the establishment of the NC Collaboratory and currently serves as that organization’s outreach director. The NC Collaboratory is a research entity that partners with academic institutions and state agencies to transform research into practical information for use by state and local government. Since its authorization in 2016 by the legislature, the Collaboratory has stewarded $148 million in appropriations from the NC General Assembly, investing in more than 400 research projects. Wall’s prior work experience includes serving as a policy advisor in the secretary’s office of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) where he was involved in developing and implementing policy initiatives in a variety of areas, including water and air quality projects, land conservation and renewable energy. He began his policy career in Washington, D.C. as a congressional aide working on environmental and agricultural policy. Wall received his J.D. with honors from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law and his B.A. with honors and distinction in political science from UNC-Chapel Hill.


J.D., School of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

B.A., Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill