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Ecology Director, Maia Bellon
Ecology Director, Maia Bellon
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Maia D. Bellon is Ecology’s director, named to the position by Gov. Jay Inslee in February 2013.

Maia began working for Ecology in June 2010 as the deputy program manager for the Water Resources program. On July 1, 2011, Maia became the program’s manager and responsible for overseeing a staff of 130 to sustainably manage the state’s water resources, including the allocation of water and protection of water rights, instream flows and environmental functions.

Before joining Ecology, Maia served as an assistant attorney general with the Ecology Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. In that role she provided both client advice and litigation support for Ecology on a broad array of issues ranging from the State Environmental Policy Act to the Public Records Act.

She was a member of the Waste Section of the Ecology Division from 1994 to 2000. During that time she served as the lead attorney for the underground storage tank program and was Ecology’s lead advisor on mining and Model Toxics Control Act voluntary cleanup issues. She also served for two years as the lead attorney for Ecology’s Air Quality Program.

From 2000 to 2001 she served as the special assistant to the president for Civil Rights and Legal Affairs at The Evergreen State College. Maia then returned to the Ecology Division of the Attorney General’s Office in 2001 and focused her practice on water law for the next nine years. Maia also served on the Executive Committee of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association from 2005-2010.

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

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