Administrator Gina McCarthy, 2013-2017

Gina McCarthy
Gina McCarthy


Gina McCarthy was EPA Administrator from July 2013 to January 2017.  Originally appointed by President Obama in 2009 as Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, McCarthy has been a leading advocate for common-sense strategies to protect public health and the environment.

Previously, McCarthy served as the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. During her career, which spans over 30 years, she has worked at both the state and local levels on critical environmental issues and helped coordinate policies on economic growth, energy, transportation and the environment.

McCarthy received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a joint Master of Science in Environmental Health Engineering and Planning and Policy from Tufts University.

When she is not in D.C., McCarthy lives in the Greater Boston area with her husband and dog, just a short bike ride away from their three children, Daniel, Maggie, and Julie.


While in office, McCarthy's priorities were: making a visible difference in communities across the country; addressing climate change and improving air quality; taking action on toxics and chemical safety; protecting water; launching a new era of state, tribal and local partnerships; embracing EPA as a high-performing organization; and working toward a sustainable future.  You can read more about these priorities on the EPA's Seven Themes - Meeting the Challenge Ahead page.

Speeches and Testimony

Speeches by Administrator McCarthy from 2015 and 2016 are located at  Speeches from 2013 and 2014 are located in this archive; please use the search page to find them.  Administrator McCarthy's testimony in front of Congress is available in the Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations website.

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