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EPA announces leader for new Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development and Support Program

CINCINNATI – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced changes in leadership at the Office of Research and Development’s (ORD) National Risk Management Research Lab (NRMRL) in Cincinnati, Ohio. The current lab director, Sally Gutierrez, will be taking on a new position as Director of ORD’s Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development and Support Program. The Technology Innovation Clusters are high-visibility, high-impact regional collaborations between businesses, federal agencies, local governments, universities, investors, and others that work to promote sustainable economic growth and technological innovation. In this new leadership role, Ms. Gutierrez will work closely with EPA’s program and regional offices, federal partners, and external stakeholders to support and guide EPA's Technology Innovation Cluster program. Ms. Gutierrez’s leadership will be invaluable to EPA-wide efforts to advance economic and environmental goals simultaneously.

Cynthia Sonich-Mullin will be stepping into a new role as Director of NRMRL. Ms. Sonich-Mullin comes to NRMRL from ORD’s National Homeland Security Research Center (NHSRC), where she serves as Deputy Director for Management. She began her career as an environmental health scientist in ORD and has since gained extensive experience in management, planning, and risk assessment. She has held various leadership roles throughout ORD. Most recently, Ms. Sonich-Mullin led ORD’s efforts in support of EPA’s response to the BP oil spill. Under unprecedented circumstances, she coordinated all of ORD’s scientific and technical efforts while stationed in EPA’s Emergency Operations Center. Ms. Sonich-Mullin has also held two detail positions outside of ORD: a three-year detail to the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, and a detail to EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER), where she served as Director of the National Planning and Preparedness Division.

Ms. Gutierrez and Ms. Sonich-Mullin continue to demonstrate extraordinary leadership, passion, and technical expertise in support of EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment.


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