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Ben Scaggs, Gulf of Mexico Program Director
Mr. Ben Scaggs is the Director of the U.S. EPA Gulf of Mexico Program (GMP) located at One Hancock Plaza in Gulfport, MS, and is responsible for overseeing this collaborative program to protect, maintain, and restore the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico. The GMP is a non-regulatory, inclusive consortium of state and federal government agencies and representatives of the business and agricultural community, fishing industry, scientists, environmentalists, and community leaders from all five Gulf States.
Prior to the Gulf of Mexico Program, Mr. Scaggs was the Director of the Office of Administration and Resource Management at EPA’s Research Triangle Park, North Carolina location, the largest agency presence outside of Washington, DC. Ben came to EPA in 1991 from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and over his 25 years at the Agency has also worked in the Office of Air and Radiation and in EPA’s Region 4 office in Atlanta. He has a Bachelor’s degree and Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ben is connected with the Gulf Coast, having family in Texas and Florida as well as his native Mississippi. His roots in and understanding of the region serves well in collaboration with the diverse set of partners working together to create a healthy and resilient Gulf.