Press Release: Alexis Strauss Selected to Receive 2013 Frank Boerger Award

  • by BPC Staff
  • on April 4, 2013


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                 Contact:  John Coleman, 510-768-8310

Date:  April 4, 2013                                                                                                                              


The Bay Planning Coalition (BPC) is pleased to announce that  Alexis Strauss, Deputy Regional Administrator of US Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest Regional Office, is the recipient of the 2013 Frank C. Boerger Award. 

BPC presents the Frank C. Boerger Award (Award) to an individual who appreciates the rigors of advocating environmental protection and economic progress, and forges the path to achieve both.  The award recipient is a person who is passionate in her convictions, balanced in her judgment, and talented in bringing diverse interests and stakeholders together to address the issues of environment and development.

Ms. Strauss is the second in command at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest Regional Office, overseeing Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, 148 Tribal governments, and 3 Pacific Island Territories.  She served as EPA’s Water Division Director from l994 to 2012, and in years prior, worked in the Superfund and RCRA programs.  John Coleman, Executive Director of the Bay Planning Coalition, said “I have worked with Alexis a great deal over the years, and find her to be committed to protecting the environment while also trying to find a balance with the impacts to the economy.” 

“I’m honored to receive this prestigious award recognizing the important link between a healthy San Francisco Bay and a vibrant economy,” said Ms. Strauss.  “With its partners, EPA will work to ensure that this exquisite resource is restored and protected.” 

Past recipients of the Award include; Michael Cheney, Loretta Barsamian, Omar Benjamin, Barbara Kaufman, Sunne Wright McPeak, Robert Tufts, John Briscoe, Bill Britt, Jim Levine, Angelo Siracusa, John Dustin, Ellen Johnck, Will Travis and Congressman John Garamendi. 

Scott Warner, President of Bay Planning Coalition, says “Our members appreciate Alexis’s passion for her work towards protecting the Bay and its environment and applaud her for her understanding that the Bay also is key to the prosperity of millions of area residents and visitors, as well as businesses and industry that rely on the Bay for its economic and recreational attributes.”

Alexis Strauss will receive the award at the Bay Planning Coalition’s 26th Annual Decision Makers Conference on May 3, 2013.  The Decision Makers Conference will be held at the Pavilion at Scott’s Seafood, in Jack London Square, Oakland, CA.  For more on the Decision Makers Conference, visit or call (510) 768-8310.