Steven J. Shimberg has been appointed EPA Associate Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. He has over 20 years experience dealing with environmental matters, including 18 years in federal service.
From 1997 to 2001, Shimberg was vice president, Federal and International Affairs, at the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, D.C., with responsibilities including strategic planning for conservation advocacy and education programs, as well as management of the federation's Washington office.
Shimberg, 49, served in key staff positions in the U.S. Senate from 1981 to 1997, including as staff director and chief counsel of the Committee on Environment and Public Works and counsel to the late Senator John H. Chafee (R-RI). During that time, he was active in international treaty negotiations, including those leading to the Montreal Protocol on ozone depletion substances, and he played a central role in strengthening numerous environmental laws.
From 1978 to 1981, he was a prosecuting attorney in the Land and Natural Resources division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
A native of Jericho, N.Y., Shimberg is an alumnus of the State University of New York at Buffalo and the Duke University School of Law.
In addition to appointing Shimberg, President Bush has announced his intention to nominate John Peter Suarez as EPA assistant administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.
Suarez has served as the director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement since 1999 and previously was assistant counsel to then-Governor Christie Whitman.