Office Staff

Our office is located in Annapolis, Maryland, and staffed by employees from federal and state agencies, non-profit organizations and academic institutions.

Bay Program Leadership

Dana Aunkst, Director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Dana has 33 years of environmental experience in private industry, local government and state government. Prior to joining the Chesapeake Bay Program, Dana served in executive level positions as Deputy Secretary and Acting Secretary at Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

James Edward, Deputy Director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Jim has worked for the Environmental Protection Agency in various positions since 1984. Jim plays a lead role in coordinating activities between the EPA and other federal agencies. He also works with state and local authorities to develop strategies that will improve water quality and conserve living resources across the watershed.

Carin Bisland, Branch Chief, Partnerships and Accountability Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Carin is responsible for coordinating federal, state and local actions to improve water quality, habitat and living resource conditions in the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. Some of the responsibilities of her team include coordination within and between Chesapeake Bay Program partner teams and committees, development of decision support tools to allow for adaptive management, the development and use of indicators and performance measures, and ongoing support for the Federal Office Directors.

Lee McDonnell, Branch Chief, Science, Analysis and Implementation Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Lee has over 26 years of experience working on issues related to clean water, specifically water quality modeling, TMDL development, NPDES permitting and general water quality standards implementation. Prior to joining the Chesapeake Bay Program, Lee worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection as a Water Quality Program Manager in the Southcentral Regional Office and as Director for the Bureau of Clean Water. Through scientific analysis, Lee’s team works to assist and support the Chesapeake Bay Partnership to help them achieve their shared goals and objectives.

Bay Program Office Staff