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
Michelle Price-Fay, Acting Director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 3
Michelle Price-Fay joins the Chesapeake Bay Program Office after serving since April 2019 as the Clean Water Branch (CWB) Chief in the Water Division of EPA Region III. As the Chief of the CWB, Michelle worked extensively with the Mid-Atlantic State Water Programs to review and establish water quality standards, total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), impaired waters listings and monitoring and assessment programs. In addition, Michelle's program area of responsibility also included oversight of federally-issued National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits and the oversight of state authorized programs to implement NPDES permits.
Martha Shimkin, Deputy Director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 3
Martha brings a diverse and varied background from over 25 years at the Environmental Protection Agency to the Chesapeake Bay Program. She has worked for the past three years in the Office of Water at EPA headquarters, serving as acting Deputy Director, Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, and Office of Wastewater Management, as well as in the Office of Water Immediate Office where she led preparation for the Presidential transition in 2020 and served as acting Deputy Assistant Administrator during the transition. Martha has also served as acting Director, Land and Chemicals Division, in EPA’s MidAtlantic Regional office (Region3) for 5 months in 2017-2018. Throughout her EPA career, Martha has created and managed many programs and policies, led regulatory development, and developed agency plans for implementing new laws.
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.