Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Commissioner Martin Suuberg today announced that Stephanie Cooper will serve as Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning at MassDEP.\n\n\u201cStephanie is a valued leader and senior manager at MassDEP,\u201d said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. \u201cThe Department been well-served by her significant experience and her dedication to the agency and its mission, and I look forward to working with her in her new role as Deputy Commissioner.\u201d\n\n\u201cI look forward to working in this new role on the policies and regulatory approaches that are vital to protecting public health and the environment,\u201d said Stephanie Cooper. \u201cIn this new role, I look forward to partnering with environmental stakeholders, business and professional organizations, state, local and federal officials and the public as we build on MassDEP\u2019s record of innovation and thoughtful regulation.\u201d\n\nStephanie Cooper, Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection\n\nStephanie Cooper has been serving as MassDEP Chief of Staff since 2015. Prior to her service at MassDEP, she served as Assistant Secretary for land protection and park development at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and as the Chief of Staff and Director for Operational Analysis at the Department of Conservation and Recreation.\n\nBefore coming to Massachusetts, Cooper served the City of New York, and worked on transportation, environmental protection and capital construction issues. Stephanie Cooper holds a BA in political science from Middlebury College in Vermont and a Master\u2019s of Public Administration from Syracuse University\u2019s Maxwell School.\n\nMassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.