Gina McCarthy is the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the state agency with primary responsibility for protecting Connecticutâ€™s environment, natural resources and wildlife and for maintaining Connecticutâ€™s state parks and forests. Governor M. Jodi Rell appointed Commissioner McCarthy to this position on December 10, 2004.
Commissioner McCarthy came to the Connecticut DEP from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where she worked on environmental issues at the state and local level for 25 years in a variety of high-ranking positions. Just prior to joining the Connecticut DEP, she served as the Deputy Secretary of Operations for the Massachusetts Office of Commonwealth Development, a "super Secretariat" that coordinates policies and programs of that stateâ€™s environmental, transportation, energy and housing agencies.
In Connecticut, Commissioner McCarthy is working on important environmental priorities, such as continuing to improve the health of Long Island Sound and the stateâ€™s air quality; reinvigorating the state park system; implementing strategies and recommendations included in Connecticutâ€™s innovative Climate Change Action Plan; completing a new solid waste master plan; and developing new strategies to protect the
stateâ€™s natural resources.
Commissioner McCarthy received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a joint Master of Science in Environmental Health Engineering and Planning and Policy from Tufts University.
She is married with three children.