2002-02-26 Presenter Biographies
Horst Greczmiel, Associate Director for NEPA Compliance, Council on Environmental Quality
Horst G. Greczmiel joined the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) in December 1999 as the Associate Director for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Oversight. He is responsible for overseeing and implementing the NEPA and CEQ mandates to ensure that federal agencies integrate environmental values into decision-making and serves as the Director of the NEPA Task Force.
Prior to joining CEQ, he worked in the Office of Environmental Law at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, responsible for policy development and litigation involving environmental planning compliance responsibilities under NEPA, the Endangered Species Act, and the National Historic Preservation Act. Mr. Greczmiel served in the U.S. Army for fifteen years, including tours with the Office of The Judge Advocate General's Environmental Law Division and a detail as environmental advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health.
Mr. Greczmiel was born in Kassel, Germany, and raised in Canada and the United States. He received his B.A. from Lafayette College, Easton, PA; J.D. from Rutgers - Camden School of Law, Camden, NJ ; and LL.M. in environmental law from George Washington University, Washington, DC.
Kathryn Lynn, Native ADR Program Coordinator, Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution, Department of the Interior
Ms. Lynn joined the Department of the Interior's Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution (CADR) in February 2004. As the Native ADR Program Coordinator, she works with all offices and bureaus in the Department of the Interior on issues relating to collaborative action and dispute resolution involving American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawai'ians.
Prior to joining CADR, Ms. Lynn served for 17 years as the Chief Administrative Judge of the Department of the Interior's Board of Indian Appeals. The Board, which is located in the Office of Hearings and Appeals, exercises the delegated authority of the Secretary of the Interior to review decisions made and actions taken by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Before becoming the Chief Judge, Ms. Lynn was an Administrative Judge on the Board and an attorney for the Board. During 1992-1994, she served as the Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Hearings and Appeals.
Ms. Lynn received her B.A. in Religion from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
Ms. Wasserman joined the Environmental Protection Agency in 1972, serving since then in various policy and management positions involving all of EPA's programs. As Associate Director for Policy Analysis within EPA's Office of Federal Activities, for the past twelve years she has managed EPA' s domestic and international capacity building program for NEPA and environmental impact assessment (EIA), served on the interagency Sub Committee for Environmental Review of Trade Agreements and continued to build capacity for effective environmental compliance and enforcement programs globally. She currently chairs the interagency NEPA Task Force Training Work group, charged by CEQ with developing NEPA training for senior decision makers, state and local governments, tribes, NGOs and federal permit and grant applicants and within that group leads development of Tribal NEPA Training.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Wasserman headed a policy staff with broad ranging responsibility for improved strategies and innovative approaches to achieving high levels of compliance nationally. She established the Steering Committee on the State/Federal Enforcement Relationship, on which senior officials representing States, EPA Regions and Headquarters oversee the development and implementation of State/EPA enforcement agreements. She authored key policies which are still in effect including the Policy Framework on State/EPA Enforcement Agreements and policies on case screening and innovative settlements, and initiated the agency's mandatory inspector training program, national penalty report and national report on implementation of timely and appropriate enforcement response guidance.
Ms. Wasserman was responsible for creating, in partnership with the Dutch Inspectorate, the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement, INECE, to strengthen environmental governance, compliance and enforcement programs, resulting in common principles and frameworks for international exchanges and capacity building, regional networks around the globe, collaborative training and program implementation materials. She has served on United Nation's Environment Program (UNEP) Advisory Committees responsible for developing institution building workshops on industrial permitting and compliance, and guidelines to enhance environmental enforcement and compliance with Multilateral Environmental Agreements.
Ms. Wasserman has worked to advance sound environmental management and auditing, participating actively in the development of ISO 14000 environmental management standards and serving on the leadership team of the US Technical Advisory Group. She co-authored the 1986 Agency Policy Statement on Environmental Auditing and was elected to the Governing Board of the Environmental Auditing Roundtable. She also served for two years as an EPA liaison to the Registrars Accreditation Board, responsible for administration of ISO 14000 implementation within the US. She holds certification as an environmental compliance auditor.
In her early years at EPA, she co-chaired agency Task Forces and represented the Agency on Clean Air Act Amendments concerning non-attainment of air quality standards, permit reform for expediting and one stop shopping for new construction permits, and helped to reform the standard-setting procedures in EPA for effluent guidelines, helped to develop program and policy strategies for the Water Act's provisions to control dredge and fill of wetlands, and played a major role in formulation of national policies related to urban growth and land use.
Ms. Wasserman has published articles in the Environmental Law Institute's Law of Environmental Protection, on environmental auditing and oversight of State enforcement programs, and has published numerous articles on the US compliance and enforcement program and on EPA's EIA courses. Ms. Wasserman is the principal author of several EPA courses, including the Principles of Environmental Impact Assessment, Principles of Environmental Impact Assessment Review and the Principles of Environmental Enforcement adopted as a basis for international exchange and translated into over a dozen languages, most recently French, Chinese and Arabic.
She graduated with distinction from Cornell University in Biometrics, holds a Masters degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, credits toward a law degree from George Washington University's National School of Law, and a Masters in Management from Stanford University's School of Business. She has served two terms on the Stanford Business School's Sloan Advisory Board, was nominated for and completed a Brookings Legis Fellowship serving on Senate staff during calendar year 2002 and the Office of Personnel Management's Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Program.