Water Policy Institute

Leadership

Chair

Christine Todd Whitman is a highly respected leader and adviser on environmental issues affecting communities, nations and private industries. She served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency from 2001 to 2003. Before that, she served for seven years as governor of New Jersey, the first woman elected to that position in state history.

As governor, Christie Whitman earned praise from both Republicans and Democrats for her commitment to preserving a record amount of New Jersey land as permanent green space. As EPA administrator, she promoted common-sense environmental improvements such as watershed-based water protection policies. She championed regulations requiring nonroad diesel engines to reduce sulfur emissions by more than 95 percent. She also established the first federal program to promote redevelopment and reuse of "brownfields", that is, previously contaminated industrial sites.

Governor Whitman is now the president of the Whitman Strategy Group, a consulting firm that specializes in government relations and environmental and energy issues. She is cochair of the National Smart Growth Council and is a member of the governing board of the Park City Center for Public Policy, which seeks innovative solutions in environmental management and other critical public policy areas. Governor Whitman currently serves on the boards of directors of S.C. Johnson and Son, Inc., Texas Instruments Incorporated, United Technologies Corporation, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She is also a member of BP America, Inc.'s external advisory board and is a member of the board of trustees of the Eisenhower Fellowships.

Director

Kathy Robb serves as director of the Water Policy Institute at Hunton & Williams LLP. Ms. Robb was the cofounder of the Women's Network for a Sustainable Future, an organization that provides a forum for business and professional women to congregate, reflect and act on the converging issues of corporate social responsibility and sustainable development. In 2007, Ms. Robb was named to the board of directors for the Environmental Law Institute. Her legal practice focuses exclusively on energy, environmental and administrative law, with emphasis on all phases of administrative litigation before federal regulatory boards, civil litigation in state and federal courts, the Clean Water Act and CERCLA. She also has experience in negotiation of permits and settlements on water-related issues, compliance counseling, and advising on environmental risks in business and real estate transactions. She has represented clients that include developers, electric utilities, investors, chemical manufacturers and paper mills. Ms. Robb also serves on the advisory board for BNA's Environmental Due Diligence Guide.

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