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Joan M. Bondareff Recognized on International Women in Maritime Day 2022 by Maritime Executive

The Maritime Executive

Blank Rome of counsel Joan Bondareff was recognized by The Maritime Executive to celebrate the first International Day for Women in Maritime

The Maritime Executive highlighted women across the maritime industry who "go above and beyond in their commitment to the maritime community" and "serve as a source of inspiration for a new generation of maritime professionals." The women recognized each has a brief honoree profile that explains how they are setting the standard in their respective fields within the industry.

To view The Maritime Executive's International Day for Women in Maritime honoree list, please click here.

Joan's profile, as published by The Maritime Executive, is copied in full below.

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Joan Bondareff
Of Counsel at Blank Rome LLP

Joan Bondareff focuses her practice on marine transportation, environmental, regulatory, renewable energy, and legislative issues. Before joining Blank Rome, Joan was chief counsel and acting deputy administrator of the Maritime Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation. She was also former majority counsel for the House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries. Joan served on the Obama Transition Team for the Department of Transportation handling maritime-related issues. She worked on the OPA 90 legislation and also helped develop the Natural Resource Damage Assessment regulations when she was the assistant general counsel for Ocean Services at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Joan is a former member of Women in Government Relations (“WGR“) and served on the Homeland Security and Environment and Energy Task Forces. She has received a certificate of appreciation from the American Bar Association's International Legal Resource Center and the United Nations Development Program for advice she gave to the Republic of Fiji on new mining laws, and was appointed by the U.S. Department of State as an expert on coastal zone management and planning for the United Nation’s second World Ocean Assessment.

Joan has been chair of the Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority since being elected to the position in November 2016, receiving a letter from Governor Ralph S. Northam on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia, expressing his admiration and sincere appreciation for her selfless service, achievements, and contributions.

She currently serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School and was recently selected to be an international mentor for Women in Wind.