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EPA announces Regional Administrator for Region 8 Office in Denver

Release Date: 04/30/2013
Contact Information: Richard Mylott, 303-312-6654;

(Denver, Colo. - April 30, 2013) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acting administrator Bob Perciasepe today announced President Barack Obama's selection of Shaun McGrath as regional administrator for EPA's regional office in Denver. EPA Region 8 includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and 27 Tribal Nations.

"Shaun McGrath has a proven track record and broad experience leveraging environmental results in both the private and public sector," said Perciasepe. "His leadership, expertise, and his ability to understand the issues facing state and local governments will be valuable assets as we move forward with our partners in the Mountains and Plains states."

Shaun joins EPA from Wheelhouse Associates, where he co-led the policy, program and technology integration company's efforts to help governments advance clean energy and environmental goals. Prior to his current position, he served as the executive director of the American Solar Energy Society in Boulder.

Shaun's private-sector success is complemented by considerable experience in all levels of government. Shaun began his career assisting Kansas companies interested in exporting their products and services to Europe as the trade manager for the Kansas Department of Commerce European Office. Later he served on the Boulder City Council for four years, and was elected mayor of Boulder in 2007. He spent more than a decade working with the Western Governors’ Association, serving as a program director on a number of environmental issues including climate adaptation, water and drought. Shaun has also worked on the federal level as deputy director of White House intergovernmental affairs, where he was the principal liaison and point of contact in the White House for the nation’s governors.

EPA regional administrators are responsible for managing the Agency's regional activities under the direction of the EPA administrator. They promote state and local environmental protection efforts and serve as a liaison to government officials. Shaun is expected to begin his role as regional administrator in May.