Governor's Cabinet

Amanda Smith, Executive Director, Utah Department of Environmental Quality

Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith was appointed executive director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in 2009. She also served concurrently as the energy advisor to Governor Gary R. Herbert from January, 2011 to May, 2012. As executive director of DEQ, she is responsible for providing leadership to the Department and the State of Utah to carry out DEQ's mission of safeguarding human health and quality of life by protecting and enhancing the environment. DEQ implements state and federal environmental laws and works with individuals, community groups and businesses to protect the quality of our air, land and water. Since its inception, DEQ's six Divisions-Air Quality, Drinking Water, Environmental Response and Remediation, Radiation Control, Solid and Hazardous Waste and Water Quality-have played key roles in protecting and enhancing Utah's environment.

Smith received the Governor's Science and Technology Medal in 2011 and was named Lawyer of the Year in 2012 by the Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law Section of the Utah State Bar. Under Smith's leadership, DEQ celebrated 20 years and has achieved the following: improved efficiencies through the Lean Six Sigma process, successful closure of the Tooele Army Depot (TOCDF), development of the Governor's 10-year Strategic Energy Plan, development of a State Implementation Plan for PM 2.5, and a proactive, working relationship with the oil and gas industry on ozone in the Uintah Basin.

Prior to her appointment as executive director, Smith was the legislative director and Rural Advisor to Governor Huntsman. In this capacity, she worked on a broad array of natural resource, energy, water and economic development issues. She previously served as the government relations director for The Nature Conservancy of Utah.

Smith received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Utah and her Juris Doctorate degree from Gonzaga University School of Law. She is licensed by the Utah State Bar and has worked professionally on conservation issues regarding public lands, preservation of private lands, energy policy, water resources and community planning. She has served as a member of the Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Council and has also served as a member of the State Institutional Trust Lands Board of Trustees.

Smith is a third generation Utahan. She and her husband have two children. She enjoys running with her dog, skiing, biking and cooking.