Grumbles to Advise Arizona Governor on Environment

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on March 30 named Benjamin H. Grumbles as her policy adviser for the environment.

Grumbles currently lives in Arlington, Va., and will commute and telecommute between Virginia and Phoenix until June 19, when he will relocate to Phoenix with his family. Effective June 22, Grumbles has agreed to transition to serve as the director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).

"Mr. Grumbles is an internationally renowned expert in water conservation and water quality and will serve this administration and the citizens of Arizona very well," stated Brewer. "In a continued effort to fill my cabinet with the best and brightest, it became imperative that we act immediately in securing Mr. Grumbles. I am thrilled that we were able to do so."

Grumbles, whose parents and siblings reside in Arizona, has an extensive background in environmental policy formulation having served most recently as assistant administrator for the Office of Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. There he led the National Water

Program involving Safe Drinking Water, Clean Water, wetlands protection, ocean dumping, and the American Indian Environmental Office. While with EPA, he also served as associate administrator for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations and as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water.

Prior to his years with EPA, Grumbles served as deputy chief of staff and environmental counsel for the Science Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. For over 15 years, he served in various capacities on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee staff, including senior counsel for the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee.

He received his Master of Laws in Environmental Law, graduating with the highest honors from George Washington University Law School. He also received his J.D. from Emory University Law School and his B.A., graduating Summa Cum Laude, from Wake Forest University.