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Dr. James McDonald currently serves as Assistant Regional Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6 in Dallas, Texas. As Assistant Regional Administrator, he is a member of the Senior Executive Service responsible for the daily management operations for the Regional Office which in includes 5 states and 66 federally recognized tribes.

Dr. McDonald holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Alcorn State University; Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies from the University of Maryland, University College; Master of Public Administration from the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri-Columbia; Juris Doctor from the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida; Master of Arts in Human Resources from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri; and a Ph.D. in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University.

Dr. McDonald served as the Chair of the Dallas Fort-Worth Federal Executive Board. He is a member of the African American Federal Executive Association; the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources; the National Forum for Black Public Administrators; the 100 Black Men of America, and life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. His community service activities include serving as a Board Member for the Mooreland Family at Oak Cliff YMCA.