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Reception with EPA Region 5 Administrator Cathy Stepp


May 14, 2018


Chicago, IL

Co-sponsored by ELI, Chicago Bar Association Environmental Law Committee, and the Lake Michigan States Section of the Air & Waste Management Association.
Hosted by Nijman Franzetti LLP.

NOTE: Leverett (Rett) Nelson, Regional Counsel of US EPA Region 5, substituted for Administrator Stepp at this event.


Ms. Stepp serves as the Regional Administrator for EPA Region 5. Her responsibilities include overseeing environmental protection efforts in the Great Lakes states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, as well as 35 federally recognized tribal governments. One of her roles is manager of EPA Great Lakes National Program, in which she leads restoration and protection of the largest freshwater system in the world. Before joining Region 5, she was principal deputy regional administrator for EPA Region 7.

Ms. Stepp served as the secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from 2011 to 2017. As state cabinet secretary, she led the third largest state agency with about 4,000 employees and was responsible for state enforcement and protection of wildlife, fisheries, state parks, trails, forests and environmental permitting.

Ms. Stepp also served as a Wisconsin state senator from 2003 to 2007, where she represented nearly 160,000 constituents and authored and advanced legislation on regulatory reform, job creation and other issues. Prior to entering public service, Ms. Stepp owned a small business, a home-building company.

Ms. Stepp will discuss recent office accomplishments, updates on agency priorities and her office’s goals for the upcoming months.