Governor-elect Tom Wolf announced Kathleen (Katie) McGinty as the incoming chief of staff in his administration.
McGinty has more than 25 years of experience in public service, and has also spent time in the private sector.
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. She also contributed to the re-authorization of the Clean Air Act.
Following her time in Gore’s office, McGinty served President Bill Clinton as his deputy assistant and then as chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She was the first woman to head the office. In this capacity, McGinty worked with Republicans and Democrats to pass environmental legislation while leading 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.
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 will become chief of staff following Wolf’s inauguration on January 20, 2015. Until then, she will assist Wolf as he builds his administration.