Director Stevenson recently asked Jerry Rouch, chief of the Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA) to serve as Deputy Director for Infrastructure Funding. In this position, Jerry will coordinate activities internally with various Ohio EPA divisions and other agencies pertaining to American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), H2Ohio, state revolving fund (SRF) programs, drinking water lead funding, and other federal infrastructure funding programs. Jerry will also help coordinate infrastructure outreach activities and program development. The position of chief of the Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance will be posted shortly and will report to Jerry. Jerry will serve as chief in an interim capacity until a new chief is chosen.
Jerry started at the Agency as an environmental scientist in the Division of Construction Grants (now known as DEFA) and became assistant chief in 2015, overseeing the Office of Financial Assistance. In 2019, Jerry was promoted to DEFA chief. Under his leadership, the SRF programs have flourished with significantly increased loan activity and innovative funding mechanisms to meet today’s challenges. Jerry is proud of his work, and even more proud of the DEFA staff who work hard for Ohio’s businesses and communities.
An Erie, PA native, Jerry received an undergraduate degree in earth science from Gannon University, and a master’s degree in natural resources from Ball State University. After starting with Ohio EPA, Jerry finished a second master’s degree in political science. Jerry has two sons, and, when he’s not working, loves spending time with his wife, Susan. Jerry enjoys hiking, kayaking, fishing hunting, and endurance sports like running, biking, and swimming.