Gina McCarthy now a Harvard professor

Source: Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Former U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is now a Harvard University professor.

McCarthy was appointed Wednesday to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s primary faculty, where she is a public health professor in its environmental health department. She’ll also serve as the director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment beginning Jan. 1.

“In this capacity, she will lead the development of the School’s strategy in climate science, health, and sustainability; strengthen our climate science and health curriculum; and liaise with climate science leaders across the University,” Michelle Williams, dean of the faculty at the public health school, said in an email to colleagues obtained by E&E News.

McCarthy returned to her native Boston earlier this year to join the Ivy League school. She was named a fellow by Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics as well as a Menschel senior leadership fellow at the Harvard public health school (E&E News PM, Jan. 20).

During the Obama administration, McCarthy served as EPA chief from 2013 to 2017, and before that, she was head of EPA’s air office during his first term.

Before coming to the agency, McCarthy served as commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and held several positions in Massachusetts state government, including undersecretary of policy for the state’s Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.

Since leaving EPA, McCarthy joined investment firm Pegasus Capital Advisors as an operating adviser and was appointed to serve on the Connecticut Green Bank’s board of directors.

She has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration’s plans for EPA and its environmental policies.