Alan J. Steinberg (born November 22, 1949) served
as the Regional Administrator for the United States Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 from September 7, 2005 until January
20, 2009. Region 2 serves New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, the
U.S. Virgin Islands and seven federally recognized Indian Nations.
Mr. Steinberg oversaw federal programs that govern
all aspects of the environment, with the purpose of protecting the
health and livelihood of the region's approximately 31 million residents.
As Regional Administrator, Mr. Steinberg managed nearly
1,000 staff from a variety of professions - engineering, hydro geology,
law, chemistry, biology and public outreach, to name just a few.
He also oversaw an annual budget of approximately $750 million.
Among his priorities as Regional Administrator were the cleanups
of the Hudson and Passaic rivers and Lake Onondaga, approving the
State Clean Air Implementation Plan for New York and the Filtration
of Avoidance determination for New York City water, and improving
solid waste management and water quality in Puerto Rico.
Prior to his EPA appointment, Steinberg was Regional Advocate, Region
2, for the federal government's Small Business Administration. He
served as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission,
was a member of the New Jersey Executive Commission on Ethical Standards,
worked for the New Jersey Department of Commerce and Economic Development
as an Assistant Commissioner, and acted as Senior Policy Advisor
in the New Jersey Assembly Majority Office.
Mr. Steinberg practiced law both privately and as a corporate in-house
legal counsel. He began his legal career in the U.S. Navy, serving
as a lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
Mr. Steinberg received his bachelor's degree with honors in political
science from Northwestern University, his J.D. degree from the University
of Wisconsin Law School, and a Master of Law in Taxation from Temple
University Beasley School of Law.
During the past year, Mr. Steinberg served as Public Servant in
Residence at Monmouth University. He is scheduled to serve as an
adjunct member of the political science faculty at the university
during the academic year 2010-2011 and as scholar in residence of
the Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute.
Mr. Steinberg is a frequent guest commentator on television shows
on New Jersey government and politics. He is the author of the book,
American Jewry and Conservative Politics: A New Direction, published