Karl Brooks to Lead EPA's Region 7

Karl Brooks will be the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regional administrator for Region 7, which encompasses Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and nine Tribal Nations.

"I look forward to working closely with Karl on the range of urgent environmental issues we face, in Region 7 and across the nation," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "At this moment of great challenge and even greater opportunity, I'm thrilled that Karl will be part of our leadership team at EPA. He will certainly play an instrumental role in our agency's mission to protect our health and the environment."

Karl Boyd Brooks has taught history and environmental studies at the University of Kansas for the past decade. Previously, he was the executive director of the Idaho Conservation League and served six years in the Idaho State Senate.

Brooks holds a bachelor's degree from Yale University, a master's in International Relations from the London School of Economics, a law degree from Harvard University and a doctorate from the University of Kansas.

Regional administrators manage regional activities under the direction of the EPA administrator. They promote state and local environmental protection efforts and serve as a liaison to state and local government officials. Regional administrators are tasked with ensuring EPA's efforts to address the environmental crises of today are rooted in three fundamental values: science-based policies and programs, adherence to the rule of law, and transparency.