James Hanlon serves as a key strategic adviser on federal efforts to implement legislation improving environmental infrastructure in the United States. His distinguished career in public service spans 40 years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Water Program. The projects and programs he directed have improved the water environment and quality of life for millions of Americans.
Before joining Cadmus, Jim served as Director of EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management for over 10 years, during which time he developed and implemented voluntary and national regulatory programs in collaboration with a wide range of industry, trade, municipal, state, and environmental stakeholders. Among many achievements, he managed the implementation of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program; managed federal financial assistance programs, including the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program with over $100 billion of assets in place; led the design and launch of EPA’s WaterSense program; and managed, in cooperation with leading industry organizations, the first-ever industry-wide best practice guides for all drinking water and wastewater utilities in the United States (Ten Attributes of Effectively Managed Water Sector Utilities and the follow-up, Effective Utility Management: A Primer for Water and Wastewater Utilities). He has also served as the acting Deputy Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Water, Deputy Director of EPA’s Office of Science and Technology, and Director of EPA’s Municipal Construction Division.
Jim has received numerous awards in recognition of his superb service, including the Meritorious Service Award on two occasions (bestowed by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama); the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; the National Association of Clean Water Agencies’ Environment Award; the Water Environment Federation’s Public Officials Award; and the Elizabeth Jester Fellows Environmental Partnership Award from the Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators.
James Hanlon holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a registered Professional Engineer and a member of the Water Environment Federation and American Society of Civil Engineers. As a volunteer, he has held leadership roles with the Knights of Columbus since 1991.