The Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe has been named EPA’s acting administrator.
Perciasepe takes the place of former EPA head Lisa P. Jackson, who announced her departure December 27, 2012.
Perciasepe worked in the Bill Clinton-era EPA on water quality issues. He later worked as a senior official on air quality policy. In 2009, President Barack Obama made him deputy administrator of the EPA.
Prior to being named to his current position, he was chief operating officer at the nonprofit National Audubon Society. He has also held top positions within state and municipal government, including as secretary of the environment for the state of Maryland and as a senior official for the city of Baltimore.
Perciasepe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University and master’s degree in planning and public administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He and his wife have two adult daughters.