Meet our director

Maia Bellon, Director of the Department of Ecology Our director, Maia Bellon, has led the Washington Department of Ecology since February 2013, when she was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee. She quickly became known for forging creative partnerships while seeking innovative solutions to the most controversial environmental challenges we face today.

Maia's Native American heritage taught her to look seven generations ahead. This influences how she approaches her work to protect, preserve, and enhance Washington's environment.

 

Maia's commitment to partnerships

When you meet Maia, you will quickly learn that she believes anything is possible.

She speaks emphatically about what she believes, saying "We all need clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and clean land where we live, play, and do business."

She has a personal and deep respect for the environment. "I was brought up in a Native American culture that looks seven generations ahead. That's how I approach this work to protect and restore our land, air, and water that we borrow from future generations."

Maia often says that it's not just what we do, but how we do it, and with whom. She believes in fostering innovative partnerships and engaging with diverse constituencies all across Washington. Working with ranchers and farmers, businesses, and conservation groups. Native American tribes, municipalities and other government partners. In doing so, it helps ensure the state's natural resources and economic interests are in balance.

"We may have our differences on how to sustain a healthy environment in harmony with a strong economy, but we are finding creative ways to work together because we have a shared vision. That shared vision is quality of life — quality of life for today and all the tomorrows that our future generations deserve."

Follow Maia on Twitter

Maia is always on the go. Working hard to serve the great people of Washington and protect what makes this state special– our environment. Follow her on Twitter (@MaiaBellon) for highlights of the environmental projects and issues that touch all of us.  

More about Maia — her bio

  • Before becoming director in 2013, Maia served as deputy and then manager of Ecology's Water Resources Program. While there, she helped sustainably manage the state's water supplies for communities, farms, forests, and fish.
  • She served 15 years as Assistant Attorney General focusing on complex water law and a broad array of other environmental legal issues.
  • Maia served as a special assistant to the president for civil rights and legal affairs at The Evergreen State College.
  • As a graduate of The Evergreen State College, she continued her education and earned her law degree from the Arizona State University College of Law.
  • Maia was named a "Rising Star" by Washington Law and Politics magazine five years in a row (2004-2008).
  • She is a proud mom to 15-year-old daughter Talia. And she is thankful for her wonderfully supportive husband Bill Kallappa.