Dede Petri served as president of The Garden Club of America from 2017-2019. In 2019, the GCA received the National Audubon Society Rachel Carson Women in Conservation Award. She co-founded the American Council of Trustees and Alumni and served as president from 2003 to 2016. She currently serves as ACTA’s senior fellow. Prior to joining ACTA, Dede served as general counsel and congressional liaison for the National Endowment for the Humanities. She also worked as a First Amendment and communications lawyer for Rogers & Wells and Wiley, Rein & Fielding.
Since 2009, Dede has been on the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association board. She was president of All Hallows Guild, Washington National Cathedral, and chaired the Olmsted Woods restoration project, recognized by the Washington Post, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and others as a groundbreaking urban woodland restoration. She has also been a board member of the National Association for Olmsted Parks, National Museum of Women in the Arts, the National Wildlife Refuge Association, Friends of the National Arboretum, Casey Trees, Paine Art Center and Gardens, Garden Club of America, and U.S. Capitol Historical Society.
She received an A.B., Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, from Harvard College and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.