State Water Board hires a new executive director
August 8, 2017
• Former federal official Eileen Sobeck has 40 years of government experience
• Replaces Tom Howard who retired in May
The State Water Resources Control Board has hired Eileen Sobeck as its next executive director. She replaces Tom Howard, who retired in May.
Ms. Sobeck is cited for her “substantial managerial and environmental experience,” according to the board.
She has nearly 40 years of government service with more than a decade of executive and management experience leading professional staff in complex organizations.
She has spent her career in federal agencies that touch on many of the same science-based, public resource challenges the State Water Board faces.
Most recently she headed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries as the assistant administrator at the Department of Commerce (2014-2017). Prior to her work at NOAA she was the Department of Interior’s acting assistant secretary for Insular Affairs (2012-2014), and deputy assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks (2009-2012).
Ms. Sobeck is a lawyer by training and spent 25 years at the U.S. Department of Justice, ultimately serving as deputy assistant attorney general for Environment and Natural Resources (1999-2009).
She will join the State Water Board following the Labor Day holiday weekend.