Surabhi Shah has been working at the intersection of environmental protection and community work for three decades. At the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, she has led programs in community revitalization, environmental justice and water quality. Surabhi’s leadership in building partnerships with communities, government agencies, NGOs and the private sector was recognized by the Partnership for Public Service with the Service to America medal for “most admirable contribution to the American people”.
Prior to joining EPA, Surabhi held leadership positions at the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality in their hazardous waste and drinking water programs.
Surabhi holds a Bachelor’s in Systems Design Engineering and a Master’s in Civil Engineering (Water Resources), both from University of Waterloo in Canada. She is a musician and storyteller who has been commissioned by the Harvard Art Museum and the Smithsonian – but has found that her toughest audience is probably her teenage daughter.