Regional Administrator James B. Martin
James B. Martin oversees EPA Region 8, comprising Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and 27 tribal nations. He has worked in the environmental field for nearly 30 years, most recently as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and the executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Prior to his career in public service, James managed a nonprofit focused on energy, public lands, and water issues, and spent a decade as the senior attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund. He also headed the Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Colorado School of Law where he managed an interdisciplinary public policy think tank and taught advanced seminars on energy law, policy and land-use planning. He started his legal career working for four Columbia River treaty tribes in efforts to secure their treaty fishing rights.
James has a bachelor’s degree from Knox College and a law degree from Northwestern Law School, Lewis and Clark College.