Gov. Jay Inslee has chosen Maia Bellon to run the state’s environmental agency.
Bellon replaces Ted Sturdevant as director of the Department of Ecology. Sturdevant left the department in January to become Inslee’s policy director and emissary to the Legislature.
Bellon currently leads the Water Resources Program at the Department of Ecology.
“Maia will be an effective leader in our efforts to work on natural resource and regulatory issues that are of huge importance to many in our state,” Inslee said in a news release. “She brings a keen understanding of key issues such as water management that have implications for both our quality of life and our economy.”
Before joining Ecology, Bellon was an Assistant Attorney General assigned to Ecology’s water section.
“Although work in the natural resource arena faces complicated challenges, there are many opportunities we can all work towards,” Bellon said.
She is a graduate of the Evergreen State College.