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Council Staff - Ben Scaggs

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  Ben Scaggs
   Executive Director (Acting)


Ben Scaggs serves as Director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Program (GMP) which is a non-regulatory, geographically-focused organization whose mission is to protect, restore, and maintain the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico and the communities that rely on this national resource.

Scaggs is also currently serving as Acting Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council). Created by the RESTORE Act of 2012 and comprised of the Governors of the five Gulf Coast States and Cabinet-level officials from six federal agencies, the Council is responsible for restoring and protecting the natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, coastal wetlands, and economy of the Gulf Coast.

Prior to his current roles, Scaggs served as EPA’s Associate Deputy Administrator in Washington, D.C. from 2015-2016, while on a one-year detail from GMP. In that role he oversaw a broad portfolio of Agency management and leadership functions in support of EPA’s overarching mission of protecting public health and the environment.

Scaggs came to EPA in 1991 from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and over his 25-year career at the Agency, he has worked in the offices of Air and Radiation and Administration and Resources Management in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina and in EPA’s Enforcement office in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Scaggs holds degrees in International Studies and Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.