William Ruckelshaus

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William D. Ruckelshaus

Strategic Director

Madrona Venture Group, LLC

Seattle, WA


William D. Ruckelshaus is strategic director in the Madrona Venture Group and a principal in Madrona Investment Group, L.L.C. (MIG), a Seattle-based investment company. In 1983, President Reagan appointed him to serve as the fifth administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a position he held until 1985. It was his second time in that role: Bill was the EPA’s first administrator when the agency was formed in 1970, holding the position until 1973, when he was appointed acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as deputy attorney general of the United States Department of Justice. Earlier in his career, he was a member of the Indiana House of Representatives and its majority leader from 1967 to 1969.

Bill earned a B.A. from Princeton University and an L.L.B. from Harvard Law School.

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