Speaker Profile

Becky W. Keogh

Becky W. Keogh

State Infrastructure Coordinator for Arkansas

Becky W. Keogh serves as the State Infrastructure Coordinator for Arkansas. This newly established role was created within the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration to coordinate state infrastructure investments, to facilitate leveraging of available federal programs and public/private partnerships, and to support strategic projects. She serves as the Arkansas representative on the National Governors’ Association State Infrastructure Coordinators Group.

In her prior role, she served as the first Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment, a position she held from July 2019-January 2023. In December of 2021, Secretary Keogh was appointed to serve as a chair of the Infrastructure Planning Advisory Committee for the State of Arkansas. In her capacity as Secretary, she also served as chair of the Energy Resources Council, which was created to effect planning coordination and critical resource supply management across the Arkansas energy sectors. She was a member of the Governor’s Council on Future Mobility. An Arkansas native, Keogh has a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Arkansas.

Ms. Keogh has been engaged in a unique range of technical, managerial, and consulting roles across government and private industry throughout her career. She has previously held positions as Vice President and Senior Consultant for an international environmental and engineering firm. She has served as the Director of DEQ since 2015 and the Deputy Director from 1996–2006. She was subsequently appointed to serve on the Arkansas Geological Commission from 2006–2009. Immediately prior to her initial appointment as Director of the Department of Environmental Quality in 2015, she was employed in an environmental and regulatory management role for an international energy and mineral resources corporation.

An active member and alumni member of the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) since 1997, Keogh was elected by her peers to serve as the 2018–2019 President of ECOS. Keogh has testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and the Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety. At those Committees, she testified about the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s relationship with the states, strengthened state environmental agency capacities, and growth of environmental professionals in private and public service.