EEA Secretary Sullivan Appoints Barbara Kates-Garnick as Energy Undersecretary
Former DPU Commissioner and Energy Facilities Siting Board member brings breadth and depth of experience to EEA's energy team
"Barbara Kates-Garnick has a wealth of knowledge across the energy spectrum, and her unique blend of leadership experience in government, business and academia will be invaluable to EEA's energy team," said Secretary Sullivan. "I am very happy to have her aboard."
Kates-Garnick succeeds former Undersecretary Philip Giudice, who left EEA for the private sector in May. Her previous energy positions with the Commonwealth include serving as a former Department of Public Utilities (DPU) commissioner and member of the Energy Facilities Siting Board, and as a DPU director responsible for developing Massachusetts' first natural gas deregulation policy. She is also a former assistant secretary in the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs, where she managed various aspects and budgets of the Public Utilities Division and the Department of Energy Resources - both of which now falls under EEA and will be part of her portfolio of energy agencies and programs.
"Governor Deval Patrick has made Massachusetts into a leader of progressive energy strategies regionally and nationally, and has pushed the Commonwealth into the forefront of global leadership in energy innovation and new technology," said Kates-Garnick. "I am delighted to be part of the Governor's energy and environmental team."
Kates-Garnick came to the Patrick-Murray Administration after several years as an independent consultant in academia and private business. Most recently, she advised the Polytechnic Institute of New York University on issues related to urban systems, clean technology, energy policy and entrepreneurship. At New York University, she created a successful proposal for the $1.5 million New York City Accelerator for Clean and Renewable Energy, a showcase for clean energy technology. She has also served as a consultant to Con Edison, and on a team revising New York City's sustainability plan.
Kates-Garnick's private sector achievements include serving as an officer at KeySpan where, as corporate affairs vice president, she developed energy policy strategy and directed the governmental communications and community relations teams. She also founded the New England office of New Energy Ventures, a successful electric supplier that now operates nationally as Constellation NewEnergy.
A resident of Boston's South End, Kates-Garnick earned an undergraduate degree in political science at Bryn Mawr College, and a PhD at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
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