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Government & Environmental Affairs Director

Deborah DeLuca

Government & Environmental Affairs Director
ddeluca@duluthport.com

Deborah DeLuca joined the Port Authority as Government and Environmental Affairs Director in 2014. A noted expert on redevelopment projects and environmental policy, she was a founding board member of Minnesota Brownfields, a nonprofit established to ensure the effective reuse of brownfield sites across the state. As principal of DeLuca Strategies for 14 years, she provided advice to public, private and non-profit sector clients. Her areas of expertise include grant-writing, development/implementation of funding strategies, project management, government relations and outreach education. She has secured over $25 million in state, local and federal funding for clients and helped manage over 40 of those associated grants. DeLuca brings to this position over 25 years of public and private sector experience in the U.S. and abroad. She began her career as a hydrogeologist with the MN Department of Agriculture after which she went to work with the MPCA, becoming supervisor of its Voluntary Investigation and Cleanup (VIC) Program in 1996. She helped organize an international exchange program and served as lecturer on environmental policy for masters-level engineers in the Institute Nationale Agronomie in Paris and spent two years as Site Redevelopment Supervisor for Braun Intertec Corp. before launching her consulting firm in 2000. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, DeLuca earned a B.S. in molecular biology and her master's in Land Resources from the UW Institute for Environmental Studies. 



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