James Deriu is a Vice President and Discipline Manager for KCI’s Resource Management department where he is responsible for nationwide oversight of the firm’s natural resources, water resources, asset management and geospatial solutions practices. In this role, he is tasked with business development, strategic planning, operations, recruiting and staff development for a team of more than 150. While working with federal, state and municipal clients, 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.
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 as a director of the American Council of Engineering Companies / Maryland and previously led the organization’s Environmental Committee. He is a graduate of Leadership Maryland and Leadership Baltimore County and served as an advisor to the Natural Resources Working Group of the Baltimore County. James is on the board of trustees 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 currently serves as the employee-elected representative to KCI’s board of directors.