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Nan M. Birdwhistell Murtha Cullina LLP Counsel

Counsel

New Haven
Email: nbirdwhistell@murthalaw.com
Phone: 203-772-7757
Fax: 203-772-7723

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  • Connecticut

Education

  • Yale School of Management (M.B.A., 1986)
  • Harvard University (J.D., 1979)
  • Emory University (B.A., 1976)

Nan M. Birdwhistell


Nan Birdwhistell was formerly the three-term First Selectwoman of the Town of Woodbridge. She is resident part-time in the Firm’s New Haven office, working as part of the Municipal Law Practice Group, which provides legal counsel to towns on matters ranging from renewable energy projects for municipalities, land use planning, and employment and labor issues to contracts, commercial matters and other general legal matters. Nan was the Chair of the South Central Regional Council of Governments, a member of the Board of the Connecticut Council of Municipalities, and Vice President of the Council of Small Towns.

  • Board Member, Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven
  • Member, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, Government Affairs Committee
  • Board Member, Connecticut Health InvestigativeTeam (C-HIT)
  • Board Member, Planned Parenthood Votes! Connecticut (Past Member, Board of Trustees, 2010-2017)
  • Women and Girls Fund, Grants Committee, Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (2015-2017)
  • Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame (Past Member, Board of Trustees, 2009-2015)
  • Board Member, WOWPAC (Women Organizing Women Political Action Committee) (Past Chair and Board Member)
  • Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. (CPTV/WNPR) (Past Member, Board of Trustees, 2005-2009)
  • Blue Ribbon Commission on Municipal Opportunities and Regional Efficiencies (MORE), CT General Assembly, Member; Co-Chair, Town Functions Committee, 2010
  • James. W. Cooper Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation
  • First Selectwoman, Town of Woodbridge
  • Senior Vice President, Regional Affairs, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce
  • Director, Regional Cultural Plan for Greater New Haven (the comprehensive effort of Yale University, the City of New Haven, the region, the arts community, the business community and other funders to strengthen Greater New Haven as the cultural center of Connecticut)
  • Lobbyist and Attorney, State Department on Aging
Overview

Nan Birdwhistell was formerly the three-term First Selectwoman of the Town of Woodbridge. She is resident part-time in the Firm’s New Haven office, working as part of the Municipal Law Practice Group, which provides legal counsel to towns on matters ranging from renewable energy projects for municipalities, land use planning, and employment and labor issues to contracts, commercial matters and other general legal matters. Nan was the Chair of the South Central Regional Council of Governments, a member of the Board of the Connecticut Council of Municipalities, and Vice President of the Council of Small Towns.

Memberships
  • Board Member, Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven
  • Member, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, Government Affairs Committee
  • Board Member, Connecticut Health InvestigativeTeam (C-HIT)
  • Board Member, Planned Parenthood Votes! Connecticut (Past Member, Board of Trustees, 2010-2017)
  • Women and Girls Fund, Grants Committee, Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (2015-2017)
  • Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame (Past Member, Board of Trustees, 2009-2015)
  • Board Member, WOWPAC (Women Organizing Women Political Action Committee) (Past Chair and Board Member)
  • Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. (CPTV/WNPR) (Past Member, Board of Trustees, 2005-2009)
  • Blue Ribbon Commission on Municipal Opportunities and Regional Efficiencies (MORE), CT General Assembly, Member; Co-Chair, Town Functions Committee, 2010
Recognition
  • James. W. Cooper Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation
Prior Experience
  • First Selectwoman, Town of Woodbridge
  • Senior Vice President, Regional Affairs, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce
  • Director, Regional Cultural Plan for Greater New Haven (the comprehensive effort of Yale University, the City of New Haven, the region, the arts community, the business community and other funders to strengthen Greater New Haven as the cultural center of Connecticut)
  • Lobbyist and Attorney, State Department on Aging
Education
  • Yale School of Management (M.B.A., 1986)
  • Harvard University (J.D., 1979)
  • Emory University (B.A., 1976)
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