Sharon Treat is an environmental lawyer and is nationally recognized as an expert on trade policy and its impact on state and federal environmental regulation. A former Maine state legislator for 22 years, Treat chaired the Environment and Natural Resources Committee and served in leadership positions including Senate Majority Leader. She sponsored environmental laws concerning mercury pollution, nuclear power plant decommissioning, recycling, hazardous and solid waste, and land use planning. She currently serves on Maine’s Citizen Trade Policy Commission, and is a member of the federal Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee, which advises the US Trade Representative.
Treat has presented to state legislators, members of the European Parliament, and government officials negotiating the Pacific Rim (TPP) and European Union trade agreements (TTIP) on trade policy impacts on climate change, chemical and pesticide policy, sustainable agriculture and public health. She has testified before the U.S. Congress on pharmaceutical and on environmental policy. She has practiced law with the Natural Resources Council of Maine, in state government and in private practice, taught environmental law and toxic torts at the University of Maine Law School, and was the coordinator of the Environmental Studies Program at Colby College. Treat has an A.B. degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a J.D. with honors from Georgetown University Law Center. She lives and works in Hallowell, Maine.