A former Capitol Hill aide and lobbyist who launched a Seattle mayoral bid last year has been selected for the EPA’s Region 10 administrator.
EPA Administrator Michael Regan told agency employees in an internal email obtained by E&E News that Casey Sixkiller had been chosen to lead the EPA’s Pacific Northwest regional office. . Region 10 oversees agency operations in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington State, with its main office in Seattle.
“Casey’s knowledge and connections at the federal, local and tribal levels will be a tremendous asset as he leads Region 10,” Regan said in the email sent earlier today.
He added, “I am grateful to have Casey join the team and look forward to working with him to advance this administration’s priorities, especially in communities that have been left behind for far too long.”
Sixkiller starts today as a Region 10 administrator, EPA spokesman Tim Carroll told E&E News.
Sixkiller has a long history in the nation’s capital of Washington State.
He served as legislative aide to former Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) and also to Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).
Sixkiller is also an experienced lobbyist, including founding his own company, Sixkiller Consulting LLC, according to his LinkedIn profile. Lobbying disclosure records show he lobbied for a number of tribes and businesses within the company.
Sixkiller also served as Chief Operating Officer of King County, Washington, and Deputy Mayor of the City of Seattle. He ran for mayor of Seattle last year, but did not quit the city’s nonpartisan primary election among a field of candidates.
Sixkiller is also a registered citizen of the Cherokee Nation and launched his office in Washington State in 2001.
He is from the Pacific Northwest and graduated from Seattle Public Schools and Dartmouth College, according to Regan’s email.
“Throughout his career, Casey has crafted practical solutions to complex political problems, championed tribal sovereignty and treaty rights, secured millions of dollars in federal funding to meet local needs, and led large, complex organizations. “said the administrator of the EPA.
Regan also thanked Michelle Pirzadeh for her role as Acting Regional Administrator for Region 10. Pirzadeh now returns to her role as Assistant Regional Administrator.
With the appointment of Sixkiller, the EPA’s 10 regional offices are now headed by a politician appointed by President Joe Biden.
Sixkiller’s nomination continues a trend in the Biden administration to select tribal citizens for leadership positions. The Department of the Interior has several Native Americans in prominent roles, including Secretary Deb Haaland (green wireApril 27).