James Deriu is a vice president and discipline manager for KCI’s Resource Management Discipline, responsible for nationwide oversight of the firm’s natural resources, water resources, asset management and geospatial solutions practices. In this role, he manages and directs business development, strategic planning, operations, recruiting and staff development for a team of more than 150. James joined KCI in 2004 as an environmental scientist. Since that time, he has been involved in major projects delivering innovative solutions for water quality assessment and management programs, TMDL and NPDES permit compliance, environmental mitigation for infrastructure improvements, and restoration of miles of streams and acres of wetlands for local, state and federal clients across the U.S.
James holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental science from Gettysburg College and Towson University, respectively. He has been active in a variety of professional organizations, currently serving on the Executive Committee for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Maryland. Prior to that role, he led ACEC/MD’s Environmental Committee. He is a graduate of Leadership Maryland and Leadership Baltimore County and is a member of ACEC’s Senior Executives Institute (SEI). James is a Trustee for the Baltimore Museum of Industry and he has led KCI’s industry participation in the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) initiative with Baltimore County Public Schools and the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) since 2017. He previously served as the employee-elected representative to KCI’s Board of Directors.