Bridget Gauntlett

Bridget Gauntlett has served as general counsel to the Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority, a local public authority dedicated to protecting the environment through promoting recycling and the proper management of the county’s solid waste. She had the privilege of studying with the late Dr. Elise Boulding as a student at Dartmouth College, where Dr. Boulding developed the college’s Peace Studies program. That influence led her to pursue international law and the International Fellows Program at Columbia University School of Law.  Following graduation from law school, she clerked for the Honorable Milton Schwartz in Sacramento, California, and then joined the Sacramento law firm of Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould & Birney before coming back east to work for the United States Department of Justice as a trial attorney in the Civil Division, Torts Branch. Ms. Gauntlett later worked as a staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and as a supervisory staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  While her legal career has taken a course somewhat away from her earlier pursuits, she feels that peacebuilding is an avocation that keeps calling out to her. In 2003, her son’s nursery school, under new ownership, changed its name to Peace Through Play, and established peace education as part of its core curriculum. When Ms.Nitza Escalera asked her to join the board of Friends of Pasos in 2007, it was clear that those earlier calls to peacebuilding, echoing back to her college days, must be affirmatively answered.