Deputy Division Director of the Land and Chemicals Division for Region 5
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Michael D. Harris is the Deputy Division Director of the Land and Chemicals Division for Region 5 of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA). He oversees a programmatic budget of approximately $45 million and a staff over 140 employees. His EPA division is responsible for the technical and enforcement aspects of insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides and underground storage tanks covering six states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Michael has worked for the U.S. EPA in the Chicago office for over 20 years since graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Northern Illinois University in 1995. He started at the EPA as an On-Scene Coordinator in the Superfund Division responding to emergency situations of oil spills and the release or threat of release of hazardous materials. He then received his Masters in Environmental Management from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2005 and quickly moved up the ranks to become a Section Chief, Branch Chief and now a Deputy Division Director, his current position.
Michael loves that by working for the U.S. EPA he can make a difference in protecting people and the environment, particularly in minority and low-income communities. Michael is married with two children and resides in the Chicagoland area.