Stephen Walz

Stephen A. Walz, a recognized leader on environmental policy and energy, has been named the Director of Environmental Programs for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

Walz served as the Director of Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy during the administration of Gov. Timothy Kaine and was the former governor’s energy policy advisor.  He currently serves as the Director of Regional Energy Planning for the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC.)  He also is widely recognized for his work on water quality, air quality, climate, waste disposal and open space issues.

During his 31 year tenure with the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, Walz led the development of the Virginia Energy Plan.  He also represented Virginia on the Council’s Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee.

Walz has addressed complex environmental and regulatory challenges during his career which required a combination of technical and communication skills.  His work often required advising and briefing elected officials at the local, state and federal levels.