For Immediate Release - June 09, 2014

GOVERNOR PATRICK SWEARS-IN MAEVE VALLELY BARTLETT AS SECRETARY OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS

Governor Patrick poses with Maeve Vallely Bartlett and her family after swearing her in as Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs. (Photo: Kenshin Okubo / Governor’s Office)

BOSTON – Monday, June 9, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today swore in Maeve Vallely Bartlett as Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). Prior to today’s swearing in, Bartlett served as Environment Undersecretary. She replaces Rick Sullivan, who is taking over as Chief of Staff for Governor Patrick.

“I am excited to welcome Secretary Bartlett to this new critical role within our Administration,” said Governor Patrick. “Maeve brings a tremendous amount of passion and experience to this work and knows the important role this secretariat plays in every citizen’s life.”

With over 20 years of experience in the environmental field, Bartlett has served as Environment Undersecretary, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Planning, Assistant General Manager for Environmental Compliance at the MBTA and General Counsel at EEA. Bartlett has also served as Senior Enforcement Council at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“As someone whose career began at EEA, I am proud to lead this secretariat that has taught me so much,” said Secretary Bartlett. “Being a part of EEA’s growth and the strides Massachusetts has made protecting the environment over the years has been rewarding beyond measure. I look forward to building on the Governor’s work to leave the Commonwealth in better shape for the next generation.”

“Maeve is an exceptional leader, and I have complete faith that she will guide EEA and continue to build our clean energy future and help protect the environment,” said Sullivan.

A resident of Newton, Bartlett earned her undergraduate degree in English Literature from Wheaton College, and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

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