Ron Curry, Administrator for EPA's South Central Region (Region 6)
Ron Curry was appointed as US EPA Region 6 Regional Administrator in September 2012. He has more than 36 years of management experience in local, state and federal government, as well as the private sector. Most recently, Curry worked with the University of New Mexico on the development of their Energy/Water/Environment Nexus Studies program. Prior to that, he spent eight years serving in former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson’s administration as cabinet secretary of the Environment Department and Natural Resource Trustee. In the position as secretary, he oversaw the regulation of the Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories and the implementation of standards to protect the air, water and land of New Mexico. He also lead the Governor’s initiative to join the Western Climate Initiative and lead the climate change implementation state team in New Mexico. He developed the Environmental Justice Executive Order signed in November 2005 by Governor Richardson. As trustee, he successfully negotiated a $13 million ground water consent decree in 2010.
He has extensive experience working closely with the EPA, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as industry. He also served as administrator for the Village of Los Ranchos and as a city manager in Santa Fe.
Earlier in his career, Curry was a senior public affairs specialist for Gram Inc. and worked on a site-wide environmental impact statement for Los Alamos National Laboratory; and vice president of CEI Enterprises, a manufacturing firm. He has over 20 years of experience in private business including 10 years owning a small business franchise started with his father. His interest in the environment grew during his manufacturing career while marketing products into the South Coast Air Quality District in California. He brings to the EPA a keen understanding of federal environmental regulations impacts on business owners and entrepreneurs as well as state and local governments.