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Ecology Director Maia Bellon

Ecology Director Maia Bellon
Ecology Director Maia Bellon

Maia Bellon is the Director of the Washington Department of Ecology, appointed to the position by Governor Jay Inslee in February 2013. As a Mescalero Apache descendent, Maia is the first Native American to lead an executive cabinet agency in Washington state.

Not new to Ecology, Maia served as deputy and then manager of the Water Resources program for Ecology. While there, she helped sustainably manage the state’s water resources for communities, farms, forests and fish.

She served for 15 years as an Assistant Attorney General focusing on complex water law and a broad array of other environmental legal issues.

Maia also was a special assistant to the president for civil rights and legal affairs at The Evergreen State College.

She is a graduate of The Evergreen State College and earned her law degree from the Arizona State University College of Law.

Maia was named a "Rising Star" by Washington Law and Politics magazine – five years in a row (2004-2008).

As Director of Ecology, she is known for forging creative partnerships, and is committed to innovative solutions for the most controversial environmental challenges we face today. When you meet Maia, you will quickly learn that she believes anything is possible!

She is a proud mom to 11-year-old daughter Talia. And she is thankful for her wonderfully supportive husband Bill Kallappa.

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