Thursday, September 22, 2022

4:00 PM Eastern



Ms. Martha Guzman, RA Region 9

Dr. Earthea Nance, RA Region 6


Mr. Adam Ortiz, RA Region 3



Part of a Series of Discussions with EPA’s New Leadership


Please Register Here



We are asking you to join our conversation with three of the Regional Administrators as part of our series on meeting the new EPA leadership. The EPA Alumni Association is excited to host this event with the Regional Administrators from Regions 3, 6 and 9 (Mr. Adam Ortiz, Dr. Earthea Nance and Ms. Martha Guzman). For many of us, this is our first opportunity to meet these Regional Administrators! We will give the RAs a chance to talk about their background, their priorities and Agency challenges.


EPA derives it’s authority to address environmental issues from nationally applicable statutes; however, when the Agency was organized in 1970, the ten Regional Offices were created in order to decentralize government and better align decision making with state, tribal, and community environmental and public health issues. 


We will make this an informal discussion. We will ask them how Alumni can help them hire a more diverse workforce and how they plan to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act! We are also looking for other ideas on how we Alumni can continue to support the Agency.


We are looking forward to incorporating your questions in the discussion. (You can send questions in advance to or put them in the chat function during the Zoom meeting).


After you have registered, you will receive the Zoom Sign-in Information in an email closer to the event.


If you know EPA employees who might be interested in this event, please share this email with them.



We will be breaking out into small group discussions after the Session

so Members can continue the conversation and catch up with colleagues

if they wish.


Martha Guzman, Regional Administrator, Region 9

Ms. Martha Guzman was sworn in as EPA Regional Administrator for the nation’s Pacific Southwest Region (Region 9) on December 20, 2021. In this role she is leading EPA efforts to protect public health and the environment for the region spanning Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the U.S. Pacific Islands territories, and 148 Tribal Nations. Her focus is on advancing President Biden and Administrator Regan’s priorities in the areas of climate change, environmental justice and scientific integrity, and more broadly on achieving progress in making the air, land and water cleaner and safer for the residents of the Pacific Southwest. Notable in a region with a significant Hispanic/Latino population, Guzman is the first Latina to serve as Regional Administrator. 

Dr. Earthea Nance, Regional Administrator, Region 6


On December 9, 2021, Earthea Nance was appointed by President Biden as the EPA Regional Administrator for Region 6. Earthea is an environmental engineer who has, for two decades, worked with communities at disproportionate risk of environmental hazards. As a professor and graduate student, she conducted community-based research after Hurricane Katrina, during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, and in communities without safe water and sanitation in Brazil and Mozambique.

After Hurricane Harvey, she brought community and equity perspectives into regional disaster policy during her service on the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium and on the Harris County Community Flood Resilience Task Force. As a public official serving as director of disaster mitigation and planning for the City of New Orleans after Katrina, Dr. Nance managed $60 million in flood mitigation funds and created the City’s first approved plans for hazard mitigation, sustainability, and green energy. Prior to that, she served as an environmental engineer at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where she was part of a groundbreaking program to mitigate the risk of dispersal of radioactive material. 

Adam Ortiz, Regional Administrator, Region 3

Adam Ortiz serves as EPA's Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator where he oversees federal environmental and public health protections in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, and seven federally recognized tribes. Working with state partners and local stakeholders, Adam is focused on infrastructure, enforcement, climate change, environmental justice, and restoring the Chesapeake Bay.