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Gina McCarthy, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection

Commissioner Gina McCarthy is new to the state of Connecticut and its Department of Environmental Protection, but is no stranger to New England or the environmental field. She comes to us from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where has been in public service for the past 25 years working on environmental issues at the local and state level. Just prior to joining CT DEP, she served as the Deputy Secretary of Operations within Governor Mitt Romneyís Office for Commonwealth Development.

Commissioner McCarthy received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a joint Master of Science in Environmental Health Engineering and Planning and Policy from Tufts University. She began her career in 1980 as the first full-time Health Agent in the town of Canton, Massachusetts. After starting a family in 1984, she took a part-time position working for the Board of Health in the neighboring town of Stoughton, where she eventually expanded her responsibilities to become the townís first Environmental Officer ñ staffing both the Board of Health and Conservation Commission.

In recognition of her active efforts at the local level in the management of hazardous waste and the protection of groundwater, Commissioner McCarthy was appointed in 1985 by then-Governor of Massachusetts Michael Dukakis, to represent Boards of Health as a member of the Hazardous Waste Facility Site Safety Council (Council) within the stateís Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA - a secretariat-level agency that houses a similar range of environmental programs as the CT DEP). The Council was created to facilitate the review and permitting of hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities. In 1990, Governor Dukakis appointed McCarthy chair of the Council to oversee the review of a proposed hazardous waste incinerator in the Boston area.

During the Weld Administration, Commissioner McCarthy was named Executive Secretary of the Council where she played an instrumental role in developing legislative revisions to the siting process. In 1994, she was chosen to work as the Executive Director of the Administrative Council at EOEA, managing the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Program - the nationís largest pollution prevention program.

Commissioner McCarthyís knowledge, experience and background in environmental issues led to her appointment in 1999 under the Cellucci/Swift Administration, as the Assistant Secretary of Pollution Prevention, Environmental Business, and Technology. In that capacity, she developed and oversaw the implementation of any number of key initiatives, including brownfields redevelopment, clean-up of coal-fired power plants, innovative environmental technology, mercury reduction and virtual elimination, and environmental justice.

In February 2003, Commissioner McCarthy was named Undersecretary of Policy at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs for the Romney Administration. In that senior advisory position, Commissioner McCarthy expanded her oversight to include the preservation and protection of open space, farmlands and forests.

Shortly after taking office, Governor Romney created a new "super-Secretariat" called the Office for Commonwealth Development (OCD) to coordinate the policies, programs and investments of the stateís environmental, transportation, energy and housing agencies. Commissioner McCarthy was tapped to serve as OCDís Deputy Secretary of Operations. In this capacity, Commissioner McCarthy oversaw the formulation and implementation of major initiatives by the stateís primary infrastructure agencies to promote smart growth and the development and implementation of the Commonwealthís first Climate Protection Action Plan.

Commissioner McCarthy has an extensive list of notable accomplishments at the local and state level and has served on numerous state and national committees, including the Massachusetts Low Level Radioactive Waste Management Board, the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust Advisory Board, and the New England Governorís Environment Committee. She is married with three children and resides in Canton, Massachusetts.