Ben Grumbles

  • Vice Chair, RGGI, Inc. Board of Directors
  • Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment

Ben Grumbles was nominated by Governor Larry Hogan on January 21, 2015 to be Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment. Prior to that, he was President of the U.S. Water Alliance, an environmental nonprofit, 501(c)(3), based in Washington, D.C., that educates the public on the value of water and the need for integrated and innovative solutions.

Mr. Grumbles has served as the Presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed Assistant Administrator for Water at U.S. EPA, the Senate-confirmed Director of Arizona’s Department of Environmental Quality, and Environmental Counsel and Senior Staff Member on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Science Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ben has broad experience in energy, climate, air, waste, and agricultural policy and regulation. He’s a member of the National Academy of Science’s Water Science and Technology Board and a frequent lecturer and analyst on environmental law and policy. He has a Master’s Degree in environmental law from George Washington University, a J.D. from Emory University Law School, and a B.A. from Wake Forest University. Ben is one of Baltimore, Maryland's newest residents but has lived in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, with his wife and kids, over the last 30 years.