- Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces Judy Chang as Undersecretary of Energy
Craig Gilvarg, Press Secretary
Boston — Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides today announced that Judy Chang has been appointed as EEA’s Undersecretary of Energy. Chang replaces Patrick Woodcock, who held the position before being appointed Commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) in February 2020.
“The Baker Polito Administration has made tremendous progress towards securing a clean, affordable, and resilient energy future for the Commonwealth, and with this key appointment we look to build on this success,” said EEA Secretary Theoharides. “Judy brings a deep wealth of knowledge and experience in energy economics and policy as well as complex regulatory issues and strategic planning, and is a respected leader and a mentor to young women in the clean energy field.”
In her role, Chang will advise Secretary Theoharides on the development and implementation of energy policy in the Commonwealth to achieve the Administration’s ambitious climate goals, protect ratepayers, and provide a diverse, resilient and safe energy portfolio.
“The energy industry is undergoing a period of transformational change, and I’m honored and excited to embark on this new role to help lead Massachusetts into a new energy future,” said Undersecretary Chang. “I look forward to working with the Baker-Polito Administration to build on the Commonwealth’s nation-leading clean energy and energy efficiency policies and meet its ambitious climate agenda, including its target of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050.”
Judy Chang, Undersecretary of Energy
Judy Chang is an energy economist and policy expert with a background in electrical engineering and over 20 years of experience in advising clients in planning, including improving designs for wholesale electricity markets; developing transmission and generation projects; and organizational/corporate strategic planning. Before joining EEA, she was the co-lead of The Brattle Group’s Energy Sector Consulting practice, and is a founding Director of New England Women in Energy and the Environment.
Chang has served as an expert witness in regulatory proceedings and litigation settings, and has submitted expert testimonies to arbitration panel and regulatory agencies in the U.S. and Canada on topics related to transmission access, transmission pricing, renewable energy development, contract disputes, and power market designs.
Chang holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from University of California, Davis.