Douglas Benevento

Counsel

Overview

Doug Benevento leverages 25 years of experience in government and the private sector addressing energy and environmental policy and legal issues to support clients. Doug has served as the Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Region 8 Administrator, and as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). He has also served in senior management for a large gas and electric utility, practiced law at a major international law firm and was recognized by Chambers and Associates as one of the top environmental lawyers in Colorado.

During Doug’s tenure in both state and federal government, he was regularly recognized for achieving results that positively impact communities. In 2002, as head of the CDPHE, he led the state’s effort to bring the Denver Metropolitan Area into compliance with all health-based federal air quality standards. Doug also worked on the development of State of Colorado’s first greening government executive order. As the Denver Post noted about Doug, “The guy gets things done … he does seek consensus and listens to all sides of an issue, whether industry, environmentalists or local communities.”

Doug’s work with the CDPHE included efforts to increase awareness of the importance of immunizing children, as well as collaboration with state legislature to increase funding for the state’s immunization efforts. He also increased funding for the Ryan White Program and other programs addressing disparate health impacts in Colorado communities.

As second-in-command at the Environmental Protection Agency, Doug oversaw day-to-day operation of the Agency and was involved in all policy and regulatory matters. He also managed the 10 EPA regions and was the chair-designee of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, which is responsible for the expenditure of penalties resulting from the Deepwater Horizon Spill. During his tenure, the Council allocated hundreds of millions of dollars for restoration along the Gulf Coast.

Doug was deputy at EPA during the onset of COVID-19, and he led the Agency’s response to the pandemic. Working closely with career staff, he led the Agency’s internal response and led EPA’s work with CDC to develop guidelines for reopening businesses. Doug also worked with leadership at the Agency to expedite approval disinfectants effective against COVID-19.

Through his work at EPA, Doug is credited by communities for expediting cleanup of hazardous waste sites in many locations, including Montana and the Navajo Nation. As noted by the Montana Standard, “his work in and for Butte and Anaconda have been impressive. He gets high marks for efficiency, drive, and straightforward, transparent dealing.” He worked closely with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality to address air quality issues in Utah along the Wasatch front. He also worked with states to develop a Memorandum of Understanding that provided states with greater authority to implement state self-audit laws.

Doug’s experience while practicing law includes managing an audit program for a major retailer and working on environmental issues for a variety of clients. While working at the utility, Doug worked on energy policy issues and on market development in the West.

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Credentials

Bar Admissions

Colorado

Education

University of Denver College of Law
J.D. (2002)

Johns Hopkins University
M.A. in Government

University of Colorado
B.A. in Communication

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Past Electric Utility Regulation Advisory Group, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory
  • Past Vice-Chairman External Affairs Committee, Edison Electric Institute
  • Past elected Director and Vice-President, Douglas County Board of Education
  • Past Member, National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council
  • Past Chair, Governor's Emergency Expert Epidemiology Response Committee
  • Past Member and Executive Committee Member, Environmental Council of States
  • Past Chair-Designee Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
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