Bill Holman was born and raised in North Carolina, graduating magna cum laude from N.C. State University in 1978 with a degree in Biology. He worked as executive director of the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund from 2001 to 2006. The N.C. General Assembly established the CWMTF in 1996 to help finance acquisition and restoration of buffers and wetlands, wastewater improvements, stormwater controls, greenways, and other water quality investments.
Holman served as Governor Jim Hunt’s Secretary of the Department of Environment & Natural Resources from 1999–2000 and as an Assistant Secretary from 1998–1999. Prior to service in these capacities, Holman is credited with helping to pass the Clean Water Responsibility Act of 1997, the Brownfields Cleanup Act of 1997, the Clean Water Management Trust Fund Act of 1996, the Watershed Protection Act of 1989, and numerous other environmental bills as a lobbyist for state and national environmental and conservation groups.
Legislators, lobbyists and news reporters ranked him as one of the top 10 most-effective lobbyists in the NC General Assembly from 1985 – 1997. Before beginning his career, he hiked the Appalachian Trail in 1975.
Holman directed Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions state policy program from 2007 – 2012. Currently, he is the NC State Director of The Conservation Fund. In this position, he helps The Conservation Fund and its partners obtain public and private funding for land conservation and sustainable economic development projects.
Holman has received several awards throughout his career. Most recently, the Water Environment Federation presented its Outstanding Contributions to the Water Environment for Non-Members Award to Holman in 2014. In 2000, Governor Hunt awarded him one of the state’s highest civilian honors, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Other awards include 1999 Conservationist of the Year by the NC Wildlife Federation. Bill lives in Raleigh, NC with his wife Stephanie Bass, a writer and consultant.