At a Glance
- Career History: Acting Assistant Administrator at Office of Administration and Resource Management; Director of the Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds at Office of Water; Director of the Federal Facilities Enforcement Office at Office of Enforcement and Compliance (OECA); Associate Director of the Administration and Resources Management Support Staff, OECA; Physical Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- Hometown: Washington, D.C.
- Alma Mater: University of Florida, B.S. Zoology, Texas A & M University, M.S. Oceanography
- Spouse: Austria Hooks
- DC Office: Environmental Protection AgencyOffice of Administration & Resource Management (3101A)
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Path to Power
Hooks grew up in Washington, D.C. but headed south to Florida to earn his B.S. in zoology from the University of Florida. After obtaining his master's degree in Oceanography from Texas A&M University, Hooks was hired as a physical scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
He joined EPA in 1988, where his career would span more than two decades holding several key positions that eventually would lead to his current position as OARM. Hooks has also been the director of the Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds.
At OARM, Hooks oversees 10 million square feet of office and laboratory space, $4 billion a year in grants and $1.2 billion in annual purchases. He also manages EPA personnel, which includes preparing the agency for a 20 percent reduction in employees due to an expected increase retirements in the coming years.
Hooks reports to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson and is supported by Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator Susan B. Hazen.
Hooks has not made any campaign contributions, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.