EPA transition

January 26, 2017

EPA’s mission is to protect human health and the environment.

Listed here are the names and short bios of those currently serving on the transition team and new members announced by Catherine McCabe on Monday, January 23.

Catherine R. McCabe is EPA’s Acting Administrator. Previously, she 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.

Mike Flynn serves as the Acting Deputy Administrator of EPA. Previously, he was EPA’s Associate Deputy Administrator, serving as a key advisor to the Deputy Administrator on management and policy issues. He was the Director of the Office of Radiation and Indoor Air in OAR for six years, where he expanded federal action to address health risks from radon exposure indoors, enhanced EPA’s preparedness for radiation emergencies and played a role in the Agency’s response to the 2011 Japanese nuclear incident.


Newly Announced:

Layne Bangerter is an Idaho native who most recently worked with Sen. Crapo. He has experience in the natural resources world related to farming and ranching.

Don Benton, Senior White House Advisor, is from Washington State and served in the State Senate there for 20 years. Don has a history in the private sector in addition to his service as the head of a large county environmental office in Washington.

Patrick Davis is a political consultant and strategist. Since 1992, he has advised candidates for President, Governor, U.S. Senate, Congress, and state/local offices. Patrick is an organizational, strategic, and communications consultant to corporations, issue committees, and non-profits.

Doug Ericksen, Communications Director, is a Washington State native and a current member of the Washington State Senate. Senator Ericksen has a background in energy and environmental policy. He holds a B.A. in Government from Cornell University and an M.A. in Environmental Policy.

Holly Greaves, Budget Issues, has a background in government accounting and Federal financial management. Ms. Greaves previously worked as a senior manager with KPMG and with the public accounting firm EY. She is a licensed CPA, CISA, and CGFM.

David Kreutzer finished nine years with the Heritage Foundation as Senior Research Fellow in Energy, Economics, and Climate Change. David taught economics at Ohio University for three years and at James Madison University for 22 years. His academic research has been published in numerous professional publications.

Charles Munoz, White House Liaison, comes to the EPA from Nevada, where he served in key capacities for Americans for Prosperity. For the last two years, Charles served The Donald J. Trump campaign in several high-level positions.

David Schnare, Esq., Ph.D., is an attorney and environmental scientist returning to EPA after a 41-year career in the field of environmental science, with 33 of those years at EPA. Most recently, Dr. Schnare has been associated with the Free-Market Environmental Law Clinic, The Energy and Environment Legal Institute and the Center for Environmental Stewardship at the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy.

Justin Schwab, Legal Advisor, is an environmental and regulatory lawyer currently practicing in the Washington, D.C., area. Justin will be serving as a legal advisor on several fronts including environmental health and safety, in addition to other key areas of implementing EPA’s core mission.

George Sugiyama brings over 30 years of EPA experience with him to the transition team. George will be serving as a senior advisor to the team.


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Posted by Diane Samuels at 3:00 am