MBNEP welcomes Deputy Director Amy Newbold

Amy Newbold, MBNEP Deputy Director

The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) is excited to announce the hiring of Amy Newbold as Deputy Director. Amy comes to the MBNEP from the Southeast Regional Office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA Region 4) located in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2010, she has served as a Watershed Coordinator in the Water Protection Division of EPA Region 4. As a Watershed Coordinator, her role was to utilize innovative approaches for the resolution of technical or environmental issues pertaining to restoring and protecting our nation’s waters through implementation of the Clean Water Act. In this role, she led agency-wide initiatives serving as the program representative on cross-EPA teams or workgroups to develop or carry out joint activities, goals, and work plans. Most recently, Amy served as the North Birmingham Project Lead for the Water Division, responsible for the development and management of the effort to address environmental concerns of the Environmental Justice communities of North Birmingham.

Amy, along with her husband, two children, and two dogs, is thrilled to be in coastal Alabama and closer to family in her hometown of Enterprise, AL. She is excited and honored to have the opportunity to work closely with local partners and dedicate her efforts to the protection and restoration of the Mobile Bay estuary. Amy enjoys playing the French horn, where she was recently an orchestra member at First Baptist of Woodstock, and kayaking with her husband.

Prior to working in watershed restoration, Amy started her federal career in the Drinking Water Program at EPA Region 4 as the Program Manager for the State of Tennessee in 2005. In this role, she was responsible for providing Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) technical and compliance assistance to the State, and responsible for the review and oversight of the State of Tennessee’s Public Water System Supervision (PWSS) Program.

In 2009, Amy transitioned from the Safe Drinking Water Act to the Clean Water Act as a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) State Coordinator and was responsible for reviewing NPDES permits to ensure compliance with the Clean Water Act and national policies. Before coming to EPA, Amy worked as a chemical engineer co-op for both Ciba Specialty Chemicals and DuPont Titanium Technologies. Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Tech.