Jim Maras

Executive Director, Association of Regional Water Organizations (ARWO)

Jim Maras is currently the executive director for the Association of Regional Water Organizations and serves as a director for the Perry Park Water and Sanitation District in Colorado. Mr. Maras began his career with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1983 with the Farmers Home Administration in Minnesota. He served in several roles including community program director from 1996 to 2003. Mr. Maras moved to Washington, D.C., and was named the National Water and Environmental Programs (WEP) director in 2003. He later became the WEP deputy assistant administrator.

In February 2010, Mr. Maras was detailed to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for six months and was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 team dealing with the reporting requirements of the funding. He left USDA/OMB in late 2010 to move to Colorado to work for CoBank, making water and community facility financing available to rural America.

Mr. Maras was the community program director in Virginia in August 2015, and in Colorado in October 2016. He retired in January 2018 after spending 35 years working with rural communities, helping them achieve their dreams.