Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Two New EPA Regional Administrators Announced

Dr. Susan Hedman as Regional Administrator for Region 5

James B. Martin as Regional Administrator for Region 8

Susan Hedman will oversee Region 5, comprising Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and 35 tribal nations. Susan has worked in environmental protection for nearly 30 years, from teaching environmental policy at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, to practicing as a staff attorney for the Environmental Law and Policy Center. Susan comes to us from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office, where she served as environmental counsel and senior assistant attorney general. Prior to that, she was the senior policy advisor on energy and recycling at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. She was also the First Legal Officer for the United Nations Security Council team, in charge of presenting claims for environmental damage from the oil fires in Kuwait. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Ripon College in Wisconsin, a master’s from the La Follette Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, and a Ph.D. from the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies in Madison, Wisconsin.

James B. Martin, right, will oversee Region 8, comprising Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and 27 tribal nations. He has worked in the environmental field for nearly 30 years, most recently as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and the executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Prior to his career in public service, James managed a nonprofit focused on energy, public lands, and water issues, and spent a decade as the senior attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund. He also headed the Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Colorado School of Law where he managed an interdisciplinary public policy think tank and taught advanced seminars on energy law, policy and land-use planning. He started his legal career working for four Columbia River treaty tribes in efforts to secure their treaty fishing rights. James has a bachelor’s degree from Knox College and a law degree from Northwestern Law School, Lewis and Clark College.

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