Jo-Ellen is a highly accomplished national policy leader in the areas of infrastructure, environment, conservation, and water. As the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, she supervised programs for conservation and development of the nation's water and wetland resources, flood control, navigation, shore protection and ecosystem restoration. Jo-Ellen also held numerous high-level staff positions in Congress, including as Senior Environmental Advisor to the Senate Finance Committee, Senior Policy Advisor to the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and Deputy Staff Director for the EPW Committee. She has a B.A. in philosophy and sociology from Boston College and a M.S. in resource development from Michigan State University.