Gina McCarthy is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she leads more than 700 attorneys, scientists, advocates, and policy experts. She previously served as a professor of the practice of public health in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment. In this capacity, Gina led the development of the school’s strategy to turn climate and health science into actions that promote a more sustainable and just world.
Gina served as U.S. Environmental Protection Agenda (EPA) Administrator from July 2013 to January 2017. She had previously served as Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, upon appointment by President Obama in 2009.
Prior to her EPA appointment, Gina served as the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. During her career, which spans over 30 years, she has worked at both the state and local levels on critical environmental issues and helped coordinate policies on economic growth, energy, transportation and the environment.