Lowry Crook

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)

Lowry Crook was appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) in October 2015. In this position he provides policy and performance oversight for the Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works program. The Civil Works program consists predominantly of water resources development in navigation, flood control, hydroelectric power generation, municipal and industrial water supply, outdoor recreation activities, fish and wildlife habitat restoration, and ecosystems management. Mr. Crook also provides direction on the development and articulation of the Department of the Army's policies and practices in support of the Clean Water Act, the Rivers and Harbors Act, and related Corps regulatory programs.

From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Crook worked for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) as Deputy Chief of Staff, and as Acting General Counsel from January to April 2014. Prior to joining CEQ, he served as Chief of Staff and Counsel to the Chairman at the Federal Maritime Commission, where he also chaired the agency’s Maritime Environment Committee and its Container Freight Indexes Derivatives Working Group. Mr. Crook also served as a vetting attorney at the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. In 2008, Mr. Crook was the Obama campaign’s Voter Protection Director for North Carolina. From 1999-2008, he worked as an attorney at the law firm Wilmer Hale (formerly Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering) in Washington, D.C., in its Government & Public Policy Litigation and Investigations & Criminal Litigation groups. Mr. Crook also served as Committee Clerk and Research Director for the Texas House Representatives Committee on Energy Resources, and as Executive Director of the Texas Energy Coordination Council.

Mr. Crook received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and a J.D. with High Honors from the University Of Texas School Of Law, where he served as Notes Editor of the Texas Law Review. Following law school, he served as a clerk for Justice Greg Abbott of the Texas Supreme Court.