Ex-EPA water head jumps to private sector

By Miranda Willson | 02/27/2024 01:37 PM EST

Radhika Fox, who stepped down as EPA’s assistant administrator for water last week, was hired by Xylem.

EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water Radhika Fox prepares to testify.

Former EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water Radhika Fox, pictured during a hearing on Capitol Hill on March 15, 2023, has a new job. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The former head of EPA’s water office is now an adviser at a global water technology company.

Radhika Fox, previously EPA’s assistant administrator for water, was hired by Xylem to advise the company on water challenges, including dealing with “forever chemicals” in water supplies and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the sector. The Washington-based company focuses on water issues facing utilities, private companies, heavy industry and residential markets across the world.

While EPA initially said that Fox would leave the agency at the end of February, her last day was Feb. 22, agency spokesperson Remmington Belford said Tuesday. Bruno Pigott, who previously was deputy assistant administrator for water, has since taken on the top job in the Office of Water in an acting capacity.


Confirmed at EPA in 2021, Fox led the agency’s efforts to protect drinking water, surface waters and wetlands. In a statement last month, she described working at the agency as the “greatest honor” of her career.