DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT

SECRETARY


[photo, Benjamin H. Grumbles, Secretary of the Environment] BENJAMIN H. GRUMBLES, Secretary of the Environment



Secretary of the Environment since March 6, 2015. Acting Secretary of the Environment, January 21 to March 6, 2015.

Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2015-; BayStat Subcabinet, 2015-; Commerce Subcabinet, 2015-; Governor's Subcabinet for International Affairs, 2015-; Smart Growth Subcabinet, 2015-. Chair, Asbestos Oversight Committee, 2015-; Governor's Council on the Chesapeake Bay (Governor's Chesapeake Bay Cabinet), 2015-. Vice-Chair, State Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council, 2015-. Member, Governor's Intergovernmental Commission for Agriculture, 2015-; Animal Waste Technology Fund Advisory Committee, 2015-; Baltimore Regional Transportation Board, 2015-; Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee, 2015-; Chesapeake Bay Trust, 2015-; Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 2015-; Climate Change Commission, 2015-16; Coast Smart Council, 2015-; Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays, 2015-; Task Force on the Disposition of the Crownsville Hospital Center Property, 2015-16; Executive Committee for Dredged Material Management Plans, 2015-; Maryland Economic Development Commission, 2015-; Maryland Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council, 2015-; Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities, 2015-; Maryland Green Building Council, 2015-; Maryland Green Purchasing Committee, 2015-; Invasive Plants Advisory Committee, 2015-; Maryland Advisory Commission on Manufacturing Competitiveness, 2015-; Maryland Military Installation Council, 2015-; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, 2015-; Task Force to Study the Impact of Ocean Acidification on State Waters, 2015; Council on Open Data, 2015-; Ozone Transport Commission, 2015-; Pesticide Advisory Committee, 2015-; Maryland Pesticide Reporting and Information Work Group, 2015; Phosphorus Management Tool Transition Advisory Committee, 2015-; Renewable Fuels Incentive Board, 2015-; Scenic and Wild Rivers Review Board, 2015-; State Soil Conservation Committee, 2015-; Susquehanna River Basin Commission, 2015-; Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, 2015-. Chair, Commission on Climate Change, 2016-.

Counsel, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, 2000-02 (environmental counsel & staff director to committees of U.S. House of Representatives, including science committee, 1985-2000). Assistant Administrator for Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2004-08 (deputy assistant administrator, 2002-04).

Director, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, 2009-10.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, 1961. Wake Forest University, B.A. (english), 1982; Emory University Law School, J.D., 1985; George Washington University School of Law, LL.M. (environmental law), 1993. Adjunct faculty (environmental law), George Washington University School of Law, 1994-2004. President, Board of Directors, U.S. Water Alliance (formerly Clean Water America Alliance), 2010-15. Member, Water Science and Technology Board, National Academy of Sciences, 2011-. Co-Chair, Overarching Policy Committee, Solutions from the Land, 2011-. Past member, Board of Directors, River of Words. William K. Reilly Environmental Leadership Award, Center for Environmental Policy, American University, 2015. Married; two children.

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