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Director of Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster, US Environmental Protection Agency, USA
Sally C. Gutierrez has been recently appointed as ORD's is the Director of Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development and Support Program. This new effort seeks to advance environmental protection in tandem with economic development through the formation of public private partnerships among environmental technology companies, investors, researchers, economic development agencies, federal government agencies and others. Over the past year, she has been instrumental in the formation of the Cincinnati regional Water Technology Innovation Cluster. Prior to her appointment, she was the Director of the National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL) in Cincinnati, Ohio. NRMRL is one of three Federal research laboratories within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development. The Laboratory is responsible for conducting engineering and environmental technology research to support the Agency in development of policy, regulations and guidance to further environmental protection in the U.S. The research staff consists of 400 environmental and chemical engineers, chemists, microbiologists, economists, hydrologists and other scientists and support staff. Key areas of research include: treatment and control of contaminants in drinking water, restoration of ecosystems, control of air pollutants, remediation of contaminated sites, environmental sustainability and environmental technology testing and development.
Mrs. Gutierrez was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She received a Master of Science degree from the University of Texas, School of Public Health in Houston. Her area of expertise is water resource management. She has spoken extensively on the topic of sustainable water resource management to a variety of technical and other audiences domestically and abroad. She was appointed NRMRL's Director in 2005. Prior to this appointment she was the Director of the Water Supply and Water Resources Division with the Laboratory. During her tenure as Director of the Water Supply and Water Resources Division, she was responsible for leading a national technology demonstration program for control of arsenic in drinking water. Prior to coming to U.S. EPA, she was responsible for administering water programs for the State of Texas environmental agency in the areas of drinking water, water monitoring, wastewater treatment permitting, and utility rates.
As a member of the Senior Executive Service, she holds the highest career rank in the Federal government. She is a Registered Sanitarian in the State of Texas and a member of the American Water Works Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers and past President of the Texas Environmental Health Association.