James A. Rispoli EMAB Board Member

James A. Rispoli


James A. Rispoli served as the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management, Department of Energy (DOE) during the second term of President George W. Bush, from 2005 through 2008. In 1999, he joined DOE from the private sector, where he had been managing principal for an Engineering News-Record (ENR) top-ranked engineering firm's Hawaii-Pacific region, and with a different ENR top-ranked firm, as president of a wholly-owned subsidiary known as M&E Pacific. He served as the Director, Office of Engineering and Construction Management at DOE headquarters from late 2001 until his appointment as Assistant Secretary in 2005.

He is a licensed professional engineer in five states, a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and an American Academy of Environmental Engineers' Board Certified Environmental Engineer. A Professor of Practice at the Center for Nuclear Energy Facilities and Structures at North Carolina State University, he teaches graduate courses in the areas of environmental regulation and facilities engineering. Additionally, he serves, in a part time capacity, as a senior executive advisor for PT&C, LLC, an engineering firm of which he was previously president and chief executive officer from 2010 through 2012. 

Mr. Rispoli served in the uniform of our nation for 31 years, retiring as a Captain, Civil Engineer Corps, U.S. Navy. During his career, he led major organizations in the fields of facilities engineering and construction management, including serving as the Public Works and Environmental Director for the Pearl Harbor Naval Complex, which included a nuclear shipyard.  Prior to that, he was the top environmental official in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command and their global environmental programs. 

He earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire, and a master's degree in business from Central Michigan University. 

Mr. Rispoli was appointed in March 2018 to serve on the EMAB as a special government employee to provide expert advice on large project planning, contracting, management and risk assessment.