Northeast Regional Director

Ellen Gilinsky

Ellen Gilinsky, PhD is president of Ellen Gilinsky, LLC, which she started in January 2017 to work with government, industry, and the private sector on finding environmental solutions to water challenges. Her clients include Resources for the Future, National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Environmental Defense Fund, SERA-46 Land Grant Universities, and National Academy of Sciences. As part of the Obama Administration from 2011 through 2016, she was the Associate Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water at the Environmental Protection Agency, where she played a key role in water programs at the federal, state, and local levels, working closely with diverse stakeholders in the water quality, quantity, and agriculture sectors, and serving as co-chair of the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Gilinsky served as director of the Water Division at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and in the early 1980s she was part of Virginia's Chesapeake Bay Program staff. In addition, she has 12 years of experience as an environmental consultant at several regional and national environmental engineering firms. Dr. Gilinsky received her BA in biology from the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD in zoology, with a concentration in aquatic ecology, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been a past president of the Association of Clean Water Administrators, and held a past gubernatorial appointment to the State Advisory Board of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center. She currently serves as a board member of River Network and holds a gubernatorial appointment to the Science and Technical Advisory Committee of the Chesapeake Bay Program.