Acting heads assume EPA posts as Obama leadership exits

Leadership at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is transitioning this week as President Donald Trump’s administration assumes power.



The position of EPA Administrator last held by Gina McCarthy has been temporarily filled by Catherine McCabe, who is now acting administrator. Previously, McCabe served as the Deputy Regional Administrator of EPA’s Region 2 in New York City. In this position, she assisted the Regional Administrator in overseeing the Region’s operations and regional implementation of all EPA programs in the States of New York and New Jersey, in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  She has also been a member of the national EPA’s Executive Management Council.

McCabe has also previously served as a judge on EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (2011-2014) and as the Deputy Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (2005-2011) in Washington, D.C.  She came to EPA after a 22-year career at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she served in various positions as a manager and trial attorney in the Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, including Deputy Chief of the Environmental Enforcement Section, Assistant Chief in the Natural Resources Section, and Senior Counsel in the Policy, Legislation and Special Litigation Section.

McCabe’s full bio can be seen here.

Office of Water



Also taking a new post this week is Michael Shapiro, who assumes the role of Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Water.

Shapiro joined the Office of Water as the Deputy Assistant Administrator in November 2002. Prior to that, he was the Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER). Mr. Shapiro has also served as Director of the Office of Solid Waste, and Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, where he directed implementation of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. From 1980 to 1989, Mr. Shapiro held a variety of positions in the Office of Pesticides and Toxic Substances, where one of his responsibilities was developing EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory.

Shapiro has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Harvard. He has also taught in the public policy program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Additional information on EPA’s Office of Water can be found here.

For a complete organizational chart of EPA’s leadership, click here.


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