Dec 02, 2010

Ben Grumbles Selected President of Clean Water America Alliance

Grumbles will begin his term this month

The Clean Water America Alliance welcomes Ben Grumbles, a dynamic water policy leader, as its new president beginning in December. A passionate civil servant, Grumbles served as director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and is the longest-serving assistant administrator for water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “The Alliance is uniquely positioned to make a big difference and improve water policy nationally and locally,” said Grumbles. “I'm honored to have the chance to help unite, rather than divide, people and interests and make meaningful progress sustaining America's most precious liquid asset."

Grumbles has served on the Alliance board of directors since April 2009 and has chaired the organization’s national dialogue series, which concluded this past September. He succeeds Ken Kirk, who shepherded the Clean Water America Alliance for its first three years before stepping down. Kirk is leaving the Alliance to continue his role as executive director of the National Assn. of Clean Water Agencies. “New leadership is critical at this time to move the Alliance forward,” said Kirk. “I believe strongly in the Alliance’s objectives and hope to continue my participation in the Alliance in other capacities going forward.”

While serving as the director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Grumbles focused on three priority areas: conservation and reuse of water (such as wastewater recycling), clean energy and climate change (including solar power, vehicle emissions and uranium mining) and collaboration (including the Colorado River, the Mexican Border and e-waste recycling). While serving as the assistant administrator for water at EPA, he led its National Water Program from 2004 to 2009. He also served as associate administrator for EPA's Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations in 2004, working with mayors, governors and state and federal legislators.

Prior to EPA, Grumbles worked as a senior counsel for the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and environmental counsel and deputy chief of staff for the Science Committee. He also taught for 10 years at the environmental law program of George Washington University Law School from 1994 to 2004. He has a bachelor’s in English from Wake Forest University in North Carolina, a JD from Emory Law School in Georgia, and a master’s in environmental law from George Washington Law School in Washington, D.C.