Cynthia L. Quarterman

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Cynthia L. Quarterman
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Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Assumed office
November 16, 2009
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Carl Johnson
Personal details
Alma mater Columbia Law School 1987, Northwestern University, 1983

Cynthia L. Quarterman is an American lawyer, former Director of the Minerals Management Service and Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration from 2009 until her resignation on October 4, 2014.

Early life and Education[edit]

Quarterman was born to the late Bernice and Rudolph Quarterman in Savannah, Georgia. She attended A. E. Beach High School, where she was Miss Beach and graduated with honors in 1979.[1] She studied Industrial Engineering and graduated with a B.S. from Northwestern University in 1983. and worked for a year as an engineer for IBM in Owego, New York. In 1987 she obtained a law degree from the Columbia University School of Law. While at Columbia, she had served as Executive Editor of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law.


In 1988 Quarterman joined Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Kansas City, Missouri before joining government service. From 1992-1995, she served in various capacities at Department of Interior, including as Deputy Director of MMS, and as a member of the Office of Surface Mining's Interim Management Team.

She was Director of the Minerals Management Service in the US Department of the Interior from March 1995 to August 1999 during the Clinton Administration. In that capacity, she administered the programs to manage the mineral resources located on the nation's Outer Continental Shelf, including leasing, exploration, development, and production of oil, natural gas, sulfur, and other minerals, and to collect and distribute revenues for oil, gas, coal, geothermal, and mineral development on Federal and Indian lands.

In September 1999, she returned to Steptoe & Johnson LLP as a member of the Regulatory & Industry Affairs department focusing on litigation and administrative law. She litigated and advised clients on matters associated with pipeline safety, royalty valuation, federal land minerals management, pipeline acquisitions, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and natural gas facilities, the jurisdictional status of pipeline assets, as well as surface transportation, alternative energy and telecommunications. She was responsible for ensuring compliance with many environmental laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act, and the Endangered Species Act.[citation needed]

Quarterman was a member of the Obama Administration Transition Team at the US Department of Energy. On August 14, 2009 she was nominated by President Barack Obama as Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, confirmed by the US Senate on November 5, 2009 and sworn in by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.[2] She resigned on October 4, 2014.

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Pantelis Michalopoulos, a partner at Steptoe & Johnson; their daughter Cahris was born in 2006.[3]


  1. ^ "Obama Nominates Quarterman to Post". The Savannah Tribune. 26 September 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "US DOT, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration - Administrator". USDOT, PHMSA. USDOT, PHMSA. 2011-06-21. Archived from the original on 2011-12-11. Retrieved 2011-12-11.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  3. ^ Matt Bewig (23 December 2009). "Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration: Who Is Cynthia Quarterman?". Retrieved 23 December 2014.