Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett 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. She also serves as Chairwoman 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 Bartlett has 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 her tenure, EEA is focusing urban park investments in the 26 Gateway Cities, as well as developing strategies and grant programs to combat coastal erosion and mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Sworn in during the final year of Governor Patrick’s second term, Secretary Bartlett is building on the Patrick Administration's nation-leading clean energy and environment accomplishments. Prior to her appointment to the cabinet post, Secretary Bartlett served as the Undersecretary of Environment. Appointed in June 2013, she oversaw the launch of Governor Patrick’s $50 million coordinated plan to address the present and future impacts of climate change through coastal repair and resiliency projects and municipal energy resiliency projects, as well as the innovative Greening the Gateway Cities urban tree planting program. She has also led on critical investments in municipal parks and public spaces, including a $4 million reconstruction of Brockton’s City Hall Plaza and $2.75 million in creating a public park in Lawrence.
With more than 20 years experience in the environmental field, Secretary Bartlett has also served as MEPA Director, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Planning, Assistant General Manager for Environmental Compliance at the MBTA and General Counsel at EEA. She has also served as Senior Enforcement Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
A resident of Newton, Bartlett earned an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Wheaton College, and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.