Obama names new EPA regional administrator

San Francisco’s top environmental enforcer, a notable crusader against climate change, has been selected by President Barack Obama to become this region’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator.

Jared Blumenfeld, 40, will run the EPA’s operations in California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands and more than 140 tribal nations. Here’s an interesting interview conducted with him about a year ago.

For eight years, Blumenfeld has directed the San Francisco Department of Environment, serving as the top environmental decision-maker for 28,000 city staff and a $6.5 billion city budget; he also did an eight-month stint as interim manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. He is a founder of Business Council on Climate Change; a former director of the Treasure Island Redevelopment Authority; and led the first United Nations World Environment Day hosted by the United States. He holds law degrees from the University of London and the University of California.

“I look forward to working closely with Jared Blumenfeld on the range of urgent environmental issues we face, in Region 9 and across the nation,” EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said in a news release. “At this moment of great challenge and even greater opportunity, I’m thrilled that Jared will be part of our leadership team at EPA. He will certainly play an instrumental role in our Agency’s mission to protect our health and the environment.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    A “crusader against climate change?” Are there “crusaders” against earthquakes and floods? I want to join.

  • Mike F.

    Just what EPA needs, another lawyer to guide and direct technical work and policy building. He was so successful scaring those polluters, even the likes of Mitsubishi that simply had a plan, so he scared most all the cities and counties in California into not buying or investing in their products. How brilliant! Now he can go after those cities and counties that didn’t sign-on, and he can even go after evil Mitsubishi again. Let show businesses that want to build new factories (unless their a donator to NRDC or the Sierra Club Legal Defense) not to create jobs here or anywhere.

    Nice article to reference Josh. I can’t recall any real periodical that uses words such as “wow” and “terrific” after getting responses to their questions. Oh yes, there was the high-school paper and my company’s rag when they interview the CEO. Geez, how terrific that this guy is only 40. Wow, think of all the nifty regulations he can impose upon us, as you know we can’t wait on the free-market to do anything for us.