Gina McCarthy is a former administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is currently Professor of the Practice of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. McCarthy also serves as Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment. In this capacity, she leads the development of the school’s strategy in climate science, health and sustainability.
McCarthy served under President Barack Obama as the 13th Administrator of the EPA from 2013–2017. Her tenure as EPA Administrator heralded a paradigm shift in national environmental policy, expressly linking it with global public health. She led EPA initiatives that cut air pollution, protected water resources, reduced greenhouse gases and strengthened chemical safety to better protect more Americans, especially the most vulnerable, from negative health impacts.
McCarthy worked with the United Nations and the World Health Organization on a variety of efforts and represented the U.S. on global initiatives to reduce high-risk sources of pollution.