|Name||Kathleen A. McGinty|
Tredyffrin, Pennsylvania , United States
|| May 11, 1963
Oct 30, 2016 01:23pm
|Info||Kathleen Alana McGinty |
A native of Philadelphia, DEP Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty earned a chemistry degree from Saint Joseph's University and a law degree from Columbia University School of Law. Since then, her career has taken her to the White House and around the world.
Between 1998 and 2001, Secretary McGinty served in various capacities in national and international public policy leadership. She chaired the White House Council on Environmental Quality and acted as Deputy Assistant to President Bill Clinton. She also created and headed the first-ever White House Office on Environmental Policy. In this capacity, and as the senior U.S. government official on environmental matters, Secretary McGinty worked to create a new approach to these issues that bring together environmental and economic interests.
In 1999, Secretary McGinty completed a year stay in India as a Senior Visiting Fellow with the Tata Energy Research Institute. While there, she forged new partnerships and alliances between U.S. and Indian advanced energy technology companies, and helped to craft an historic environmental cooperation compact between the governments of the United States and India. Upon her return in 2000, she acted as counselor to Vice President Al Gore during the presidential campaign and served as a senior policy advisor to the Democratic National Committee.
Most recently, Secretary McGinty served as vice president for asset management at Natsource LLC, a financial services firm specializing in clean energy investments. She also served as director of Proton Energy Systems Inc, a leading fuel cell infrastructure company, and as an advisor for a European venture capital firm interested in clean energy. Secretary McGinty currently serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph's University.
In 2003, Secretary McGinty became the first woman to head the state Department of Environmental Protection, a 3,000-employee agency with a mission to protect Pennsylvania's air, land and water from pollution and provide for the health and safety of its citizens through a cleaner environment.
Secretary McGinty and her husband, Dr. Karl Hausker, have three daughters (twins Alana and Tara are 4, Alma Oliva is 2). The Secretary is the ninth of 10 children, and the daughter of John P. McGinty Sr., a retired Philadelphia police officer, and Alma Berry McGinty, a retired hostess.