(WASHINGTON, DC) -- Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced today that he has selected Keith A. Anderson as the permanent director of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE). Mr. Anderson has served as the department’s Interim Director since September 1, 2012.
“Keith is a consummate professional who has proven his mettle while serving as Interim Director of one of our most important agencies,” said Mayor Gray. “In addition to steadily guiding DDOE during an important transition period, serving as a strong advocate for the environment and demonstrating his ability to be a consensus-building team leader, Mr. Anderson is helping lead the critically important Sustainable DC initiative to make the District the greenest, healthiest, most livable city in the nation.”
Before assuming the role of Interim Director, Mr. Anderson served as Chief of Staff at DDOE for two years. In this capacity, he planned, organized and developed vital policies, regulations, directives and procedures to manage the District’s leading authority on energy and environmental matters. He provided oversight for DDOE’s Office of Policy and Sustainability, its Office of Enforcement and Environmental Justice, its Office of Community Relations and its Office of Public Information.
“Keith’s appointment was an easy decision. With his firm knowledge of federal environmental policy, his excellent working relationships with local and national sustainability and business leaders and his good relations with the staff at DDOE, Keith is ideally suited to lead this vital agency,” said City Administrator Allen Y. Lew.
Prior to becoming Chief of Staff, Mr. Anderson served the District for more than 10 years in a variety of high-level positions. Those included serving as deputy director of DDOE’s Energy Administration, where he successfully managed several energy programs in the areas of weatherization, renewable-energy incentives and energy conservation and education.
Mr. Anderson, a District native and product of the DC Public Schools, earned a bachelor’s degree from Hampton University in Hampton, Va. He currently resides in Ward 4.