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Secretary Ben GrumblesBen Grumbles was confirmed as Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment by the Maryland State Senate on March 6, 2015. He had been nominated by Governor Larry Hogan in January 2015 to lead MDE. Prior to that, he was President of the U.S. Water Alliance, a Washington-based environmental nonprofit organization that educates the public on the value of water and the need for integrated and innovative solutions. Ben has served as the Presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as the Senate-confirmed Director of Arizona’s Department of Environmental Quality and as 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 School of Law and a bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University. Ben is one of Baltimore's newest residents but he has lived in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, with his wife and children, over the last 30 years.



  1. Hannah Ashenafi (9/2016)
  2. Christine Nagle (8/2016)
  3. Chimere Eaton (5/2016)
  4. Bill Kamberger (4/2016)
  5. Gilbert Lookingland (3/2016)
  6. Gary Kelman (10/2015)
  7. Jarry Marshall & Dorothy Stokes-Wallace (9/2015)
  8. Peg Nemoff (8/2015)
  9. Georgia Bartrum & Missi Allen (7/2015)
  10. Laura Armstrong, MDE's Sustainability Coordinator (5/2015)
  11. Suna Yi Sariscak (3/2011)
  12. John Grace (12/2010)
  13. Steve Lang (8/2010)
  14. Abigail Pascual (1/2010)
  15. Brian Hug, Employee of the Year (12/2009)
  16. John Boris, Project Manager (1/2009)