Alumni Notes: Bureau of Reclamation Announces the Selection of Jason Phillips as Deputy Regional Director for the Mid-Pacific Region
Author: PSU Alumni Association
Posted: October 30, 2013

Jason Phillips '98 holds a bachelor's of science degree from Portland State University. 


The Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region announced today that Jason Phillips has been selected as the Deputy Regional Director. This position was formerly the Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services.

“Jason has successfully led the way on many complex water resources issues in the Region,” stated Regional Director David Murillo. “His leadership skills will be invaluable in helping the Region accomplish our obligations in the areas of water delivery, water conservation, flood control, power generation and protecting natural and cultural resources.”

When Phillips assumes his new responsibilities in mid-December, he will join the Regional Director’s Office as one of two deputies; Pablo Arroyave has served as the Deputy Regional Director since 2009. Both deputies will assist the Regional Director in managing the Mid-Pacific Region, which is headquartered in Sacramento and responsible for 11 key water projects throughout the northern two-thirds of California, most of western Nevada and part of southern Oregon. The Region includes California’s Central Valley Project, one of the largest and best-known multi-purpose water projects in the nation.

Phillips has been the Area Manager for Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office, based in Klamath Falls, Ore., since January 2011, managing the operation and maintenance of facilities that deliver water to more than 200,000 irrigable acres and up to 44,000 acres of wildlife refuge wetlands. Klamath Area Office staff are also part of the federal team working on the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement and the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement.

Prior to becoming the Klamath Basin Area Manager, Phillips managed several complex programs in the Mid-Pacific Region including the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation and the San Luis Drainage Feature Re-evaluation.

Phillips previously worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Sacramento as a manager on flood control and ecosystem restoration projects, including the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Comprehensive Study. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Portland State University