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About the Acting Administrator for EPA's Region 10 Office in Seattle

Michelle Pirzadeh

Michelle Pirzadeh, Acting Regional AdministratorAs Acting Regional Administrator, Michelle oversees the implementation and enforcement of the federal environmental rules and regulations in the States of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska, including 271 tribal governments in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

Michelle has been with EPA Region 10 for 33 years. Prior to being named Acting Regional Administrator, she served as the Deputy Regional Administrator since 2008.

Previously she served as the Director of Region 10's Office of Ecosystems, Tribal & Public Affairs (ETPA). Michelle became ETPA's first director in 2004, guiding its formation and implementation, and charting its strategic direction. Her responsibilities included Public, Tribal and International Affairs; Wetlands Protection; Sediments Management and Ocean Disposal; National Estuary Program; NEPA Review; Environmental Justice; Community Involvement; Children’s Health and Environmental Education. Before moving to ETPA, Michelle served as Associate Director of Region 10's Office of Environmental Cleanup, overseeing both administrative and programmatic operations of the Superfund, Brownfields, and Emergency Response programs. She also served 10 years in the Region's Community Involvement Program, engaging communities in EPA programs and decision making processes.

Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Washington.