Mr. James R. (Jim) Brown serves as Associate Director of Strategic Planning in the Water Quality Protection Division, EPA Region 6 in Dallas, TX. Jim’s EPA career spans more than 26 years where he has managed a variety of regulatory programs and initiatives. His current work focuses on climate change adaptation and the measurement and assessment of environmental performance in the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act programs. Prior to holding this position, Jim served for seven years as chief of the Region 6 Drinking Water Section, overseeing the safety of the public water supply in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico. At EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C., Jim managed the Monitoring and Technology Section within the Office of Solid Waste, where he worked in the RCRA Ground Water Monitoring and Corrective Action programs from 1987 to 1997. Jim also served as the U.S. project co-manager and drinking water team technical project coordinator for an environmental project in the Ural Mountains region of Russia, from 1996-2001.
Before joining EPA in 1987, Jim worked for two years as a remote-sensing hydrologist with the Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, DC, mapping the distribution of surface water resources throughout the world. Jim earned a B.S. in Geology from Indiana University, and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Sciences from Virginia Tech. He holds a Professional Geologist certification in the state of Indiana.