Barb Naramore is Assistant Commissioner of Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources. She was previously the Executive Director of the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association (UMBRA), where she served the states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin in various capacities since 1990. UMRBA is the regional interstate organization established in 1981 by the five basin Governors to coordinate the states’ river-related programs and policies and work with federal agencies that have river management responsibilities.
As Executive Director of UMBRA, Naramore led policy, planning, program implementation, and legislative activities related to a range of water resource issues, including commercial navigation, habitat restoration and protection, water quality, flood risk management, water supply and interbasin diversions, hydropower, and hazardous spill response. In addition to working closely with UMRBA’s member states, this involved extensive coordination with the states’ federal agency counterparts as well as private sector and nongovernmental partners.
Naramore graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and she holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute. A native of Virginia, Naramore resides in Eagan, Minnesota with her husband and son.