John Busterud, Regional Administrator, US EPA Region 9

John Busterud has over 30 years of experience as an environmental and energy attorney. Prior to joining EPA, he was Senior Director and Managing Counsel, Environment and Real Estate, Law Department, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), in San Francisco, California from 1985-2016. At PG&E, he managed a broad practice including air and water quality, hazardous materials compliance and remediation, endangered species, and legislative and environmental policy matters. During his tenure at PG&E, John served as an industry representative on EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee from 2012-2017.

John is also a retired U.S. Army Colonel with multiple Combined, Joint and Interagency assignments, including active duty deployments in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Combined Forces Command on the Korean Peninsula.

Most recently he served as a board member for the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance, Vice Chair of the California Veterans Board and Chair of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East.

John received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Union College, New York, and his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College.

State Session Speakers

GREG LAVATO, NEVADA AMDMINISTRATOR OF ENVIROMENTAL PROTECTION

Greg Lovato was appointed administrator of the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection in February 2017. After 14 years with the US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9, where he worked in the RCRA waste and cleanup programs including 6 years at the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, he was hired as the NDEP Remediation Branch Supervisor in 2006. He has also served as the Deputy Administrator, overseeing the Division’s Corrective Actions, Industrial Site Cleanup, Mining, Waste, and Federal Facilities Programs, and previously as the Chief of environmental cleanup programs. He serves on the NV Petroleum Fund Board to Review Claims and represents Nevada on the Rocky Mountain Low-Level Radioactive Waste Board. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a B.A. in Management-Engineering from Claremont McKenna College. He is licensed as a professional civil engineer in Nevada and California.

DR. KRISTEN AVERYT, NEVADA STATE CLIMATE POLICY COORDINATOR

Dr. Kristen Averyt serves as the Nevada State Climate Policy Coordinator. She is also a Research Professor at UNLV, and previously served as President of the Desert Research Institute. She holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and ​earned a Master of Science as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Dr. Averyt’s expertise covers a range of issues including the energy-water nexus, climate and western water, and regional impacts of climate change. She has extensive experience in science policy, including Fellowships in the US Senate and at the National Academies of Science. Among her awards and honors, she was one of many scientists who shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)​​.

TREVOR BAGGIORE, WATER QUALITY DIVISION DIRECTOR, ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

Trevor Baggiore has directed ADEQ’s Water Quality Division since February 2015. In this position, he helps advance the Water Quality Division’s mission to protect and enhance public health and the environment by ensuring safe drinking water and reducing the impact of pollutants discharged to surface water and groundwater.

Baggiore served as deputy director of the ADEQ Air Quality Division for four years before becoming the Water Quality Division’s deputy director in September 2014. Baggiore was also a unit manager and section manager in the division for six years. Baggiore received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Arizona State University in 2001, the same year he joined ADEQ. He received his master’s degree in business administration from ASU in 2006 and is a registered professional engineer in Arizona.

JARED BLUMENFELD, CALIFORNIA’S SECRETARY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Jared Blumenfeld is California’s Secretary for Environmental Protection. Appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in January, he is one of America’s most innovative environmental leaders, with more than 25 years of environmental policy and management experience at the local, national and international levels. From 2009 to 2016, he served under former President Barack Obama as Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the Pacific Southwest region. From 2001 to 2009, he was Director of San Francisco’s Department of Environment, where he worked with then Mayor Newsom to make San Francisco “the most sustainable city in the nation.” Prior to government service, Jared led international campaigns for nongovernmental organizations, including the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Natural Resource Defense Council. A graduate of the Cambridge College of Arts and Technology, he holds law degrees from the University of London and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Prior to joining the Newsom administration, Jared founded a private consulting firm to advise clean-tech companies on strategic planning and market development. He also hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,650-mile route that stretches from Mexico to Canada, and started an award-winning podcast on environmental topics, called Podship Earth, which he continues to host.

EPA Division Directors

DUANE JAMES, US EPA REGION 9 LABORATORY SERVICES AND APPLIED SCIENCE DIVISION DIRECTOR

Duane James serves as the Director of the Laboratory Services and Applied Science Division. LSASD provides laboratory analytical support for the region’s media programs, as well as dedicated field services. LSASD also implements the region’s quality program, ensuring that key environmental decisions are based on environmental measurements of the appropriate quality. Prior to LSASD, Duane served in various programs in Region 9, including Air, Superfund, Enforcement, NEPA, and information technology and management. He received a B.S. from the University of South Florida and an M.S. from the University of California at Berkeley, both in chemical engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in California and has long been a champion for pushing holistic multimedia approaches to addressing environmental issues.

ELIZABETH ADAMS, US EPA REGION 9 AIR AND RADIATION DIVISION DIRECTOR

Elizabeth is the Director of the Air and Radiation Division overseeing implementation of the Clean Air Act, air regulatory actions, permitting, and monitoring. The Air & Radiation Division also houses the asthma, indoor air and radiation programs, and CAA105/103, Targeted Airshed, and Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grant programs. She has 31 years of environmental experience in both the private sector working for an environmental consulting firm, and government agencies including the California Regional Water Quality Control Board. Prior to leading the Air and Radiation Division, Elizabeth was Deputy Director of the Air and Radiation Division and held several senior leadership positions in EPA Region 9’s Superfund Division where she oversaw investigation and remediation of hazardous waste sites in California and Arizona, and led the Community Involvement and Brownfields programs.

JEFF SCOTT, US EPA REGION 9 AIR AND RADIATION DIVISION DIRECTOR

Jeff Scott currently serves as the Director of the Land, Chemicals, and Redevelopment Division at EPA’s Region 9 office.  Jeff started his EPA career (long ago) as a summer intern at EPA Headquarters. Throughout his now 35+ year career at EPA, Jeff served in several senior executive and management positions, both in Headquarters and Region 9. Jeff grew up primarily in the Southern California city of Redlands. He received his master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Cum Laude from the University of California Irvine with a bachelor’s degrees in both Economics and Social Ecology.  He enjoys sharing his free time with friends and his daughter Makena who attends UC Berkeley.

AMY MILLER, US EPA REGION 9 ENFORCEMENT AND COMPLIANCE ASSURANCE DIVISION DIRECTOR

Amy Miller is the Director of the Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division and Agriculture Advisor to the Regional Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9. The Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division works with state and tribal governments and other federal agencies to achieve compliance with our nation’s environmental laws through enforcement actions and compliance assistance efforts. Division staff conduct inspections and investigations and other activities related to case development. They team up with Office of Regional Counsel attorneys to negotiate settlements, prepare for administrative hearings, and refer potential judicial cases to the Department of Justice. Prior to Amy’s appointment as Director, she was the Chief of Staff and Agriculture Advisor to Regional Administrator Michael Stoker and Acting Regional Administrator Alexis Strauss.   Amy has worked at U.S EPA Region 9 for 25 years.  In 2018, Amy completed her Senior Executive Service rotational assignment at USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service. She was also previously the Deputy Director of the Enforcement Division and has held management positions in water and hazardous waste programs.  Amy holds a J.D. from Golden Gate University and B.A. from San Francisco State University.

LAURA EBBERT, US EPA REGION 9 TRIBAL, INTERGOVERNMENTAL AND POLICY (TIP) DIVISION DIRECTOR

Laura Ebbert is the Director for the Tribal, Intergovernmental, and Policy (TIP) Division in EPA Region 9, which includes the region’s Tribal, Environmental Justice, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Pacific Islands and US/Mexico Border programs. As the TIP Director, Laura is also the EPA Co-Chair for the Regional Tribal Operations Committee (RTOC), presiding over meetings in partnership with the Tribal RTOC Co-Chair. Prior to joining EPA in 2008, Laura worked in Indian Country, developing and managing environmental programs at two tribes on California’s northwest coast. She also owned a consulting firm providing NEPA/CEQA documentation, meeting facilitation, and environmental project design for clients in the Pacific northwest. At EPA, she has served as a tribal grants project officer, the manager of EPA Region 9’s Tribal Section, and as a senior advisor to two Regional Administrators. She is an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma.

TOMÁS TORRES, US EPA REGION 9 WATER DIVISION DIRECTOR

Tomás Torres serves as Director of EPA’s Water Division responsible for overseeing drinking water, surface water, groundwater, and infrastructure programs in the Pacific Southwest Region. Tomás is responsible for ensuring effective implementation of national water laws by supporting state, tribal, and territorial water protection programs in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands. Tomás has over twenty-eight years of environmental management experience in the public and private sectors and has held various leadership positions at EPA, the Department of State, and in the private sector. Tomás is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.

ENRIQUE MANZANILLA, US EPA REGION 9 SUPERFUND AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION DIRECTOR

Enrique has been the Director of the Superfund and Emergency Management Division in EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region 9 office since June 2013. Prior to joining the Division, Enrique served as the Director of the Communities and Ecosystems Division from 1998. Enrique started his EPA career in 1985 in Washington, D.C. and he was appointed to the federal Senior Executive Service in 1999.

KERRY DRAKE, US EPA REGION 9 MISSION SUPPORT DIVISION DIRECTOR

Kerry is the Director of the Mission Support Division in EPA Region 9. Before coming to EPA, he served the state of Texas for over 11 years at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and its predecessor agencies, as a manager and leader in its air quality permitting and compliance assistance programs. He has been with EPA since 2002, where he has focused on air quality issues. He also served as the Agriculture Advisor to the Regional Administrator. In 2016, Kerry acted as the Interim Deputy Director for Science at NASA Ames Research Center as part of the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program. Upon returning to EPA in early 2017, Kerry managed the Grants and Contracts Branch prior to his current role.

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