Richard K. Sullivan Jr.
Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
EEA Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr.
Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. oversees the Commonwealth's six environmental, natural resource and energy regulatory agencies: the Departments of Environmental Protection, Public Utilities, Energy Resources, Conservation & Recreation, Agricultural Resources and Fish & Game. He also serves as Chairman of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, the Energy Facilities Siting Board, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.
Under Governor Deval Patrick, Massachusetts is the first state in the nation to combine energy and environmental agencies under one Cabinet secretary with the shared mission of bringing clean energy technology to market, curbing greenhouse gas emissions and cutting energy costs. Secretary Sullivan has also overseen the Administration’s unprecedented commitment to land conservation – not only protecting more than 110,000 acres, but building more than 300 parks in urban communities. Under his tenure, EEA is focusing urban park investments on the 26 Gateway Cities, understanding these quality of life improvements drive economic health.
Sworn in at the start of Governor Patrick's second term, Secretary Sullivan is building on the Patrick Administration's nation-leading first-term clean energy and environment accomplishments. Under Sullivan’s leadership, the Massachusetts clean energy sector has defied national employment trends. In the last year alone, the industry has seen 11.8 percent job growth. He is also credited with overseeing Massachusetts’ energy efficiency initiatives, which have three times earned the Commonwealth the number one ranking in the nation in energy efficiency from ACEEE.
Prior to his appointment to the cabinet post at Energy and Environmental Affairs, Secretary Sullivan served as the commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Appointed in June 2007, he ushered in a new era of transparency and accountability at DCR, with posted maintenance schedules for DCR properties and public meetings for all significant DCR initiatives and policies. Under his leadership, DCR completed several large-scale capital improvements in parks statewide, including a two-year, $21.3 million project at Mt. Greylock State Reservation in Lanesborough that featured rehabilitation of the 13.5-mile Mt. Greylock Road, and a $9 million renovation of the visitor center at Georges Island in Boston, a facility that includes a concession area, children's playground and a state-of-the-art solar-powered maintenance building. DCR also conducted a Forest Futures Visioning Process to engage residents across the Commonwealth in a discussion of forestry practices in state forests, leading to dramatic expansion of forest reserves that are protected from commercial logging.
Secretary Sullivan served as the mayor of Westfield from 1994 to 2007. In that capacity, he also served as chairman of the Westfield School Committee. In 2005, Sullivan was recognized by the New England Association of School Superintendents with its annual President Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education.
He is a past president of the Massachusetts Mayors Association, past chairman of the Turnpike Advisory Board, and a past member of the Governor’s Local Advisory Committee. He also served as founding president of the Winding River Land Conservancy, which has protected 1,700 acres in western Hampden County.
Sullivan graduated from Westfield High School and holds degrees from Bates College, and Western New England School of Law.