Welcome New Director of the Department of Environmental Protection Jon Monger

August 7, 2023
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Welcome to the new Director of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Jon Monger. Jon has dedicated his career to addressing environmental issues, including serving as Counsel to a presidential commission formed to investigate the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, EPA’s White House Liaison under President Barack Obama, policy advisor in EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, and Oversight Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.

“We are thrilled to have Jon join my administration and lead our County’s Department of Environmental Protection as we work towards addressing the impacts of climate change and achieving our goal of zero waste. Jon’s impressive background and environmental policy experience, enthusiasm, and dedication make him an invaluable addition to our efforts,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “With Jon’s expertise, we are confident in our ability to lead the way in sustainable practices and create a lasting and positive impact on our community. I look forward to collaborating with Jon as we continue to be an environmental leader in Maryland, the Washington Metropolitan Region, and the nation.”

“I am honored to have been appointed by County Executive Elrich and approved by the County Council to be the next Director of DEP and to be joining a terrific team with a reputation for absolute dedication and excellence,” said DEP Director Monger. “There is so much DEP can be proud of, including the record the department has across all programs, whether that be waste removal and reducing waste streams, developing strategies around clean water, or green buildings. People’s lives are impacted by these issues every day. At the local level, we have an excellent opportunity to continue meeting communities where they are and ensuring that our programs are accessible, understandable, easy to comply and live with.”

Most recently, Jon served as the Assistant Deputy Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, overseeing agency policy, management, and operational priorities. Jon received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and graduated magna cum laude from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. During law school, he clerked for the U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division and the Honorable James J. Brady of the Middle District of Louisiana.

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