ATLANTA – Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) Executive Director Kevin Clark announced today that Russ Pennington has been named deputy director at GEFA. Pennington will also lead the Governor’s Water Supply Program, working closely with Judson H. Turner, the state’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) director in the new office established by Gov. Nathan Deal for interagency coordination and management of water resources.


“We are pleased to have Russ lead the Governor’s Water Supply Program. He brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and skill to the role,” said Clark. “Georgia has proactively sought water supply solutions, including developing new water sources and promoting water conservation. GEFA’s work with our partner agencies will ensure Georgia’s water supply needs will be met now and in the future.”

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Prior to joining GEFA, Pennington has served as the director of policy and public affairs for EPD since 2012. Before his role at EPD, he was an associate vice president and water business group manager at HDR Engineering. Pennington was appointed by Gov. Deal to the State Licensing Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. He also serves on the University of Georgia’s Environmental Engineering Advisory Board. Pennington is a member of the Water Environment Federation’s Government Affairs Committee, Georgia Association of Water Professionals, and Georgia Rural Water Association. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biological engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia. A member of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, he and his wife, Kelli, have two children. They reside in the city of Brookhaven.