Amey Marrella is the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the state agency with primary responsibility for protecting Connecticut’s environment, natural resources and wildlife and for maintaining Connecticut’s state parks and forests. She was named to that position by Governor Rell in September of 2009.
Mrs. Marrella previously served as the DEP’s Deputy Commissioner for environmental quality, having been appointed to that position by the Governor in April of 2006.
As Commissioner, Mrs. Marrella is continuing the work of modernizing DEP so it can better serve the needs of Connecticut in the 21st century and play a more proactive role in shaping the environmental agenda of the state.
To accomplish this goal she is focused on important environmental priorities – such as improving the quality of the state’s air and waters, protecting Long Island Sound, reinvigorating the state park system and implementing strategies and recommendations included in Connecticut’s innovative Climate Change Action Plan.
Mrs. Marrella brings to DEP the unique perspective of a former local elected official. Just prior to joining DEP, Mrs. Marrella served for five years as the First Selectman of the Town of Woodbridge. Before seeking elected office, she served as an Attorney Advisor for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, helping to develop regulations to implement the 1990 Clean Air Act.
Mrs. Marrella serves on a variety of state and inter-state boards on behalf of DEP, including the Connecticut Transportation Strategy Board (TSB) and the interstate Ozone Transport Commission.
She has also served as an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law.
Mrs. Marrella is a graduate of Williams College and Harvard Law School.