Rebecca Roose

Federal Environmental Policy Expert


Rebecca is a federal environmental policy expert who joins the New Mexico Environment Department following a 13-year career at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). At EPA’s Office of Water and Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Rebecca devoted 11 years to supporting EPA, states and tribes with implementation of the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act. She has worked extensively on legal and policy issues related to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitting program, as well as non-point source pollution control, spill prevention, control and countermeasures, underground injection control and public water systems. For the past two years, Rebecca has served as Senior Advisor for Tribal Capacity Development in the American Indian Environmental Office at EPA Headquarters. In this role she managed the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program, EPA’s largest grant program for federally recognized tribes, which supports development of tribal environmental programs. Before joining EPA in 2006, Rebecca was Staff Attorney and Program Director for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility in Washington, D.C. Rebecca earned her law degree from the University of New Mexico and her bachelor’s degree in Geography from Valparaiso University.