The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the selection of US Water Alliance CEO Radhika Fox as the Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water. Fox was a Day One Presidential Appointee in the Biden-Harris Administration. She will serve as the Acting Assistant Administrator for Water.
“It is an incredible honor and privilege to be selected by President Biden to serve our country,” Fox said. “I am proud to join the EPA team of dedicated career professionals who have a long-standing commitment to protect public health and the environment. Water policy and investments can be a force for addressing the four compounding crises facing our nation—the global pandemic, economic recovery, racial equity, and the climate crisis. I stand ready to support this administration as we Build Back Better for every American.”
Fox has more than 20 years of experience in developing policies, programs and issue-based advocacy campaigns. In addition to her role as US Water Alliance CEO, Fox also led the Value of Water Coalition, the program administered by the Alliance that has spearheaded the popular Imagine A Day Without Water advocacy campaign. Prior to joining the US Water Alliance, Fox directed policy and government affairs for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
She previously served as the federal policy director at PolicyLink, where she coordinated the organization’s policy on a wide range of issues, including infrastructure investment, transportation, sustainable communities, economic inclusion and workforce development. Fox holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was a HUD Community Development Fellow.
“The Board of Directors and staff at the US Water Alliance applaud President Biden for selecting Radhika for this important role at the EPA,” said Mami Hara, chair of the board of directors of the US Water Alliance. “Radhika has been a visionary leader at the US Water Alliance for the last five years, and she is the right leader to guide our nation’s water program at this uniquely volatile and critical time. Radhika brings a deep commitment to equity and inclusion in all that she does. She is also an expert consensus builder on complex environmental issues. We are excited for her to take on this even bigger and broader role in the water sector.”
“The US Water Alliance is in great hands with a talented team of water professionals and top-notch board of directors,” Fox added. “I am so proud of what we have done together to advance the One Water movement. With our dynamic member network, the US Water Alliance has forged positive change on critical issues facing the water sector—COVID-19 response and recovery, the value of water, infrastructure investment, integrated water management, equity, climate change, and so much more. The US Water Alliance is poised for growth and will only increase its impact in the water sector in the coming years.”
The US Water Alliance board of directors will commence a national search for a new CEO. During the transition period, the organization will be led by the active engagement of the board of directors and staff.