President Obama nominated Jim Jones to be the Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) in January 2012. Jim was confirmed by the U.S. Senate August 1, 2013. He is responsible for managing the office which implements the nation’s pesticide, toxic chemical, and pollution prevention laws. The office has an annual budget of over $234 million and more than 1,100 employees.
From December 2011 through July 2013, Jim served as the Acting Assistant Administrator of OCSPP.
From April through November 2011, Jim served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.
From January 2007 until April 2011, Jim served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for OCSPP, including six months as Acting Assistant Administrator. From 2003-2007, Jim served as the Director of the Office of Pesticide Programs. In this role he was responsible for the regulation of pesticides in the United States with a budget of approximately $150 million and 850 employees, making it the largest EPA Headquarters’ program office.
Jim’s career with EPA spans more than 28 years. He has an M.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a B.A. from the University of Maryland, both in Economics.