Gov.-Elect Tom Wolf Names Kathleen McGinty Incoming Chief of Staff
November 10, 2014
McGinty Served in State And Federal Government, Worked In Private Sector
YORK, PA - Today, Gov.-elect Tom Wolf announced Kathleen "Katie" McGinty as incoming Chief of Staff in his administration.
McGinty has more than twenty-five years worth of experience in public service. She has served in many capacities, including at the White House during the Clinton Administration and as Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection Secretary. McGinty has also spent time in the private sector.
"Katie McGinty has broad experience in state and federal government and in the private sector," said Gov.-elect Tom Wolf. "She will be an asset to my administration and to the people of Pennsylvania. In federal and state government, Katie worked with diverse interests to achieve meaningful change in difficult environments. Her experience will help me work with Republicans and Democrats to move Pennsylvania forward."
McGinty will become Chief of Staff following Wolf's inauguration on January 20, 2015. Until then, she will assist Gov.-elect Wolf as he builds his administration.
Since 2008, McGinty has been a leader in the clean energy and environmental engineering space. She has led a global business cleaning up and redeveloping contaminated properties and developing renewable energy, and she has served on the Boards of Directors of publicly traded and privately held corporations.
McGinty began her career in the office of then-Senator Al Gore, where she worked on initiatives to strengthen patent protections, encourage manufacturing, and support science education. McGinty also contributed to the reauthorization of the landmark Clean Air Act.
Following her time in Sen. Gore's office, McGinty served President Bill Clinton as his Deputy Assistant and then as Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality -- the first woman to head the office. In this capacity, McGinty worked with Republicans and Democrats to pass environmental legislation while spearheading a number of initiatives to redevelop brown fields, restore and preserve key ecosystems, and improve environmental protection.
In 2003, McGinty was nominated by Governor Edward G. Rendell to become the first woman to lead the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, where she worked on clean water and mercury reduction initiatives and encouraged job growth in the energy sector, including solar and wind jobs.
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