Michael J. Penders
Chairman, Past President ESI
Michael J. Penders is Chairman of Environmental Security International (ESI) L3C.
He previously led consulting firms which conducted advanced investigations,
helped develop standards for integrated environmental and security management,
and tested their application in numerous critical infrastructure sectors.
Mr. Penders led assessment teams at CI facilities in the private and public sectors. He has
directed investigations into acts of terrorism, environmental crimes, industrial sabotage, and
security risks around the world. Mr. Penders chaired the international group of experts that developed the
first standard for integrated Security Management Systems (SMS).
This approach has been adopted in numerous international standards such as ISO 28000,
ISO 31000, ISO 27000, and ISO 26000, as well as environmental and security regulations,
and guidance for best management practices. In the private sector since 2001,
Mr. Penders has worked with organizations as diverse as EPA, DOD, DOE, NATO, the UN, the American Chemistry Council,
major corporations, ports, and public utilities on environmental and security matters, risk management, policy, and technologies.
He served as Chairman of the American Bar Association (ABA) Committee on Homeland Security in the Section
of Environment, Energy, and Resources till 2010.
Previously, Mr. Penders served as Director of Legal Counsel for U.S. EPA's Office of Criminal Enforcement.
From 1998 to 2000, he chaired the G8 Nations' Law Enforcement Project on Organized Crime, which developed a systems
approach to detecting environmental threats in international trade. Mr. Penders also chaired EPA and DOJ's Voluntary
Disclosure Board which considered disclosures of violations of laws, evaluated compliance programs, and management systems.
He worked with dozens of national agencies, governments, and international organizations in the use of advanced technologies
and information sharing to detect violations of international laws, and threats to global supply chains.
Formerly, Mr. Penders was a trial prosecutor in New Jersey and President of the New Jersey Assistant Prosecutors' Association from 1989-1991. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Seton Hall Law School. Mr. Penders has published more than a dozen articles on environmental law enforcement, management systems, homeland and international security. He has testified before Congress, and lectured in North America, Europe, South America, Asia, and the Middle East. Mr. Penders published: "Avoiding Liability from Security Mandates and Regulators with Integrated Management Systems" which may be found in publications on this site.