Speaker

Anita Thompkins

Director

Drinking Water Protection Division (DWPD)

Biography

Anita Thompkins is the Director of the Drinking Water Protection Division (DWPD).  Anita previously was with the U.S. Forest Service, where she served as Assistant Director for Water and Aquatic Resources, managing a team of analysts, scientists and engineers who developed policies on national watersheds, fisheries and aquatic resources.  Prior to joining the Forest Service, Anita led the Drinking Water and Municipal Infrastructure Branch in EPA Region 2, where she provided oversight on implementation of drinking water regulations by the states of New York and New Jersey, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, managed both the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program, and played a critical role in EPA’s response to Superstorm Sandy.  Additionally, Anita has a wealth of experience in the private sector, working in the construction and manufacturing industry, as well as founding and directing her own business.  Anita is a veteran of the United States Air Force, where she earned the rank of Captain. Anita is a graduate of the Air Force Academy (BS in Civil Engineering), the California College of Health Sciences (MS in Health Promotion and Community Wellness) and Adelphi University (Master of Business Administration.)