Reclamation selects Ali Forsythe as Deputy Regional Director for the Mid-Pacific Region

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For Release: February 06, 2018

Mid-Pacific Region Deputy Regional Director Ali Forsythe
Mid-Pacific Region Deputy Regional Director Ali Forsythe
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region announced Tuesday that Ali Forsythe has been selected as the Deputy Regional Director.

“Ali is extremely knowledgeable about the issues and water operations in the Mid-Pacific Region. She has excellent relationships with our stakeholders, partners and sister agencies and has extensive facilitation, managerial and leadership skills that she brings to this position,” said Regional Director David Murillo. “I am confident that her leadership will prove extremely valuable as we continue to work through the many complex and controversial water policy issues we are grappling with today and into the future.”

As Deputy Regional Director, Ali will have direct oversight over the Klamath and Lahontan Basin Area Offices and technical offices and programs within the region including the MP Construction Office, Program Coordination Office, and the Divisions of Environmental Affairs; Safety, Security and Emergency Management; Design and Construction; Resources Management; and Planning.

Forsythe has been the program manager for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program since 2011. In that role, she coordinated with the parties to the Settlement in NRDC, et al., v. Rodgers, et al., the other SJRRP Implementing Agencies, downstream landowners and water districts, and many other entities to restore flows to the San Joaquin River from Friant Dam near Fresno to its confluence with the Merced River while reducing the water supply impacts to the Friant Division of the Central Valley Project.

Forsythe has managed various National Environmental Policy Act, California Environmental Quality Act, water rights and restoration projects in both the public and private sector. She began her federal career with Reclamation in 2009 as a project manager with the SJRRP Office. She led the program’s Interim Flow activities and three on-going site-specific channel and structural improvements projects, oversaw the SJRRP’s budget and schedule, and worked with the previous program manager to establish and implement SJRRP policies and direction. Before joining the Mid-Pacific Region, she was a project manager with CH2M HILL.

Forsythe holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Environmental Studies and in Hydrologic Sciences from the University of Calif., Santa Barbara.

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