ECOS Names Its New Executive Director

The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), the national nonprofit, nonpartisan association of state and territorial environmental commissioners, has announced the selection of Donald S. Welsh as its Executive Director. Welsh brings extensive experience in federal, state, and local government. In his new capacity, he will also direct the Environmental Research Institute of the States, which connects state environmental agencies to education and research resources to support current and emerging environmental policies.

Mr. Welsh currently serves as the Chairman of the Citizens’ Advisory Council to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). He was President & Chief Executive Officer of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council from 2009-2010. From 2001-2009, he served as the EPA Regional Administrator for Region 3. From 1995-2001, he held several positions at the Pennsylvania DEP including Deputy Secretary for State/Federal Relations.