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L’Oreal Stepney, P.E.

L’Oreal Stepney was selected as a deputy executive director on April 1, 2020.

Deputy Executive Director L'Oreal Stepney

Stepney started with TCEQ in 1992 and worked eight years in the Air Permitting Division. Initially as a new source review permit writer, she later became a team leader and technical specialist responsible for the development and implementation of many aspects of the Title V permitting program.

In 2000, Stepney moved to the agency’s water programs and became a section manager for the Wastewater Permitting Section before being promoted to division director in 2003 for the Water Quality Division. She was later appointed Assistant Deputy Director for the Office of Permitting and Registration where her focus was on the water supply and water quality programs.

When the Office of Water was created in 2009, Stepney was named Deputy Director. The Office of Water encompasses TCEQ’s water availability, water districts, groundwater, river compacts, water quality permitting and planning, and public drinking water functions.

Stepney has a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas. She is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas. She currently serves as a board member for the Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program. She is a graduate of the Governor’s Center, Executive Management Program, and the University of Texas Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution Fellows Program. She participates in the group from Texas that meets with Mexico and IBWC to negotiate water deliveries under the Rio Grande 1944 Treaty.

Stepney and her husband Al, have a 15-year-old son who keeps them busy with scouting, basketball, tennis, and music.