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James Martin, Environmental Protection Agency

On May 9, 2010, Jim was appointed by President Obama to serve as EPA Regional Administrator for Region 8, which encompasses 27 Indian tribes and 26 Indian reservations and 6 states in the Rocky Mountains and High Plains.  Before accepting that position, Jim served Colorado Governor Bill Ritter as executive director of the Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Department of Natural Resources.  By virtue of those appointments, Jim also served as a member of the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the Board of Health, the governing bodies for the Division of Wildlife and the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, and other boards and commissions. He also served for five years as a member of the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission. Prior to his state government service, Jim served as executive director of Western Resource Advocates, a regional energy and environmental law policy organization based in Boulder (Colorado), as executive director of the Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Colorado School of Law, and as a senior attorney with the Environmental Defense Fund at its Boulder (Colorado) and Oakland (California) offices.  Before that, Jim served as counsel and legislative assistant for energy and environment for Congressman and then Senator Tim Wirth, and then as his state director.  Before moving to Colorado, Jim was an attorney with the Colombia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission in Portland (Oregon), which provided technical assistance and other services to the four Columbia River treaty tribes.  But his best job was as a seasonal ranger at Arches and Canyonlands National Parks for six years after graduating college, and at Mt. Rainier for a summer after his first year of law school. Jim has a B.A. (major in biology) from Knox College, Illinois, and a J.D. from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College in Portland (magna cum laude).