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About the Administrator for EPA's Region 8 Office in Denver

Doug Benevento Official PortraitDoug Benevento

Doug Benevento serves as the Regional Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8. His responsibilities include overseeing the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming, and 27 Tribal Nations.

Most recently, Mr. Benevento worked for Xcel Energy, a gas and electric utility. He also practiced environmental law at the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig. Additionally, from 2009 to 2016, Mr. Benevento served on the Douglas County Board of Education, including as the Board’s Vice President from 2013 to 2015.

Mr. Benevento worked for Colorado Governor Bill Owens at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE); from 1999 to 2002 he served as the Director of Environmental Programs and from 2002 to 2005 as CDPHE Executive Director. During this time, Colorado became the first state to re-attain compliance with all federally based air quality standards. He also worked to accelerate the cleanup and closure of the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons facility near Denver, resulting in an early closure.

Mr. Benevento worked in Washington, D.C. from 1991 to 1999, for Congressman, and then Senator, Wayne Allard. During this time, he worked to secure funds and establish the clean-up requirements for the Rocky Flats Plant Superfund site with the U.S. Department of Energy. He also worked on the House Agriculture Committee chaired by Congressman Pat Roberts and was instrumental in the development of the 1996 Farm Bill.

Mr. Benevento has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, a master’s degree in government administration from Johns Hopkins University, and a law degree from the University of Denver.