McCloskey Promoted to Regional Position with Reclamation

2013-07-29 17:48:01

Jennifer McCloskey, manager for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office for several years, has been selected as the assistant regional director for the agency’s Lower Colorado Region headquartered in Boulder City, Nev.

The announcement was made Monday by Terry Fulp, regional director for Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region. McCloskey began her new position in the Lower Colorado Regional Office last week.

“I’m pleased that Jennifer is joining our regional office here in Boulder City,” Fulp said. “As the Yuma area manager, Jennifer has a proven track record as a key member of our regional management team, and we have plenty of work awaiting her expertise.”

McCloskey served in the Yuma Area Office for the previous eight years, beginning in 2005 as the deputy area manager. In 2008, she was named the area manager. In that position, she provided oversight in the scheduling of Colorado River water deliveries in Arizona, California and Mexico that serves more than 750,000 people and 1 million acres of commercial agriculture.

During her tenure, a year-long pilot run was conducted of the 20-some-year-old Yuma Desalting Plant to gather cost and performance data needed to consider potential future operation of the plant and its viability to augment Colorado River water supplies. The project came to an end ahead of schedule, below budget and to rave reviews.

She also oversaw $40 million in projects funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. That brought a lot of money to the Yuma area and funded considerable rebuilding of Reclamation’s infrastructure here, she noted.

In addition, McCloskey was instrumental in completing environmental and funding requirements for construction of the $172 million Drop 2 Storage Reservoir in Imperial Valley that will conserve an estimated 70,000 acre-feet of Colorado River water a year. Another major water-savings measure was the lining of a segment of the All-American Canal.

“The past eight years at the Yuma Area Office will definitely be a highlight of my career, and I will always treasure all that we accomplished,” said McCloskey. “It was just really a tremendous opportunity working with the community, the farmers and the irrigation districts and being a part of the nation’s food supply … driving to work every day, seeing the fields and knowing our organization was a part of that.”

While she will miss the Yuma community, she said she is “really looking forward to the new challenges of balancing the needs of stakeholders region-wide that depend on the Colorado River.”

Her acting replacement as manager of the Yuma Area Office is Maria Ramirez, a 20-year veteran of the office who has served as the deputy area manager for the past three years.

Before joining Reclamation, McCloskey served as deputy director of tax audit with the Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C. Prior to public service, she led projects for private sector technology and business services companies in Texas and Florida.

A certified public accountant and project management professional, McCloskey has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Arizona and a master’s of business administration degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale.