Gina McCarthy has spent over 30 years balancing economic growth, public health and environmental protection. The former administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), McCarthy currently serves as the Director of The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. A Boston native, she previously advised five Massachusetts governors, including Mitt Romney.
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.