MassDEP Organization

Commissioner's bio and short description of MassDEP organization

Commissioner Martin Suuberg

Martin Suuberg was appointed on January 8, 2015 as the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) by Governor Charles D. Baker and his Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Matthew A. Beaton.

With nearly 30 years of experience working in environmental and natural resource agencies at the state and federal level, Martin is a lawyer and manager who has effectively and efficiently administered the environmental laws that protect the quality of life for all Massachusetts’ citizens.

Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Martin served as Undersecretary for Environmental Affairs in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. At MassDEP, Martin served as Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning. He took over this position after 9 ½ years as the Regional Director for the Central Regional Office in Worcester, which serves more than 70 communities in Worcester County and nearby areas and is responsible for environmental permitting, inspection and enforcement activities.

Over his long career, Martin has also served as General Counsel to MassDEP and to the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, as well as to the former Department of Environmental Management where he also served as Deputy Commissioner.

Before moving to Massachusetts, Martin was an Associate Solicitor and then Deputy Solicitor at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, DC, where he worked on land management and natural resource issues.

MassDEP: How We Are Organized

Commissioner Martin Suuberg

One Winter Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02108
617-292-5536 FAX: 617-574-6880

MassDEP's Commissioner is appointed by the Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs, with the Governor's advice and consent. The Managers reporting directly to the Commissioner include:

  • Chief of Staff
  • Deputy Commissioner for Operations and Environmental Compliance
  • Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning
  • Office of Municipal Partnerships & Governmental Affair
  • Office of Permit and Regulatory Ombudsman and Special Projects
  • General Counsel
  • Budgetary Affairs
  • Public Affairs

Operations and Environmental Compliance

Gary Moran, Deputy Commissioner
One Winter Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02108
617-292-5775 FAX: 617-574-6880

The Deputy Commissioner for Operations and Environmental Compliance oversees compliance and enforcement activities agency-wide, as well as all MassDEP operations and field activities of the agency's four regional offices. MassDEP's regional offices are:

  • Northeast Regional Office in Wilmington
  • Central Regional Office in Worcester
  • Southeast Regional Office in Lakeville
  • Western Regional Office in Springfield
  • Enterprise Information Management Office (including Geographic Information Systems (GIS) )
  • Office of Permit and Regulatory Ombudsman and Special Projects

The Regional Offices are the focal point for most MassDEP permitting, compliance, enforcement, emergency response and site cleanup activity that protects Massachusetts citizens and their environment on the local level. Staff based in these offices spend most of their time in the field and are very familiar with the businesses and communities they regulate.

Policy and Planning

Stephanie Cooper, Deputy Commissioner
One Winter Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02108
617-292-5536  FAX: 617-574-6880

The Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning is responsible for ensuring that all MassDEP policies and programs are coordinated, effective, and result in measurable environmental results.

This deputy is also tasked with implementing the Commissioner's priorities (including improved protection of public health and the environment); new approaches (including permit streamlining and regulatory reform; management improvements and organizational changes); environmental/public health risk assessment and standards; and environmental monitoring.

The Deputy Commissioner establishes MassDEP priorities based upon sound science and information, and evaluates the success of MassDEP's efforts based upon environmental and public health indicators and monitoring. The Deputy Commissioner oversees the:

Office of Municipal Partnerships and Governmental Affairs

Anthony Veilleux, Director
One Winter Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02108
617-292-5946 FAX: 617-574-6880

The Office of Municipal Partnerships and Governmental Affairs serves as a visible point-of-contact for municipalities, local officials, legislators and other governmental agencies. The Office coordinates cross-agency efforts to provide up-to-date and effective outreach and user-friendly assistance - both online and via traditional formats - to a range of groups that do business with MassDEP or rely on it for information. The Director seeks to strengthen partnerships with cities and towns and to promote increased understanding about the agency's programs that protect the environment and the public health.

Office of Permit and Regulatory Ombudsman and Special Projects

Kathleen Kerigan, Director
One Winter Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02108
617-556-1181 FAX: 617-574-6880

The Office of Permit and Regulatory Ombudsman and Special Projects serves to manage large and complex projects, including those requiring approval, review or permits by more than one office within MassDEP. The Director seeks opportunities to increase collaboration with industry and foster a business-friendly environment. This office will also be the point-of-contact for inquiries from citizens regarding issues in permitting or questions about how law, policy and regulations are being applied across the agency.

General Counsel

Benjamin Ericson, General Counsel
One Winter Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02108
617-556-1121 FAX: 617-338-5511

The General Counsel manages a staff of attorneys responsible for drafting legislation and regulations, initiating enforcement proceedings both administratively and through the courts, and providing other legal support to MassDEP.

The General Counsel also oversees enforcement-related activities, specifically the:

  • Environmental Strike Force – This is an interagency environmental law enforcement unit comprised of scientific and technical staff from DEP, uniformed police officers from other environmental agencies, and prosecutors from the Office of the Attorney General. Toll Free telephone: 1-888-VIOLATE.
  • Office of Enforcement Policy and Assistance – This office is responsible for coordinating MassDEP's overall enforcement program to ensure consistent treatment of environmental law violators in all regions of the state. Telephone: 617-292-5575.

Budgetary Affairs

Kristin LaCroix, Chief Financial Officer
One Winter Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02108
617-348-4062 FAX: 617-574-6880

The Budgetary Affairs unit manages fiscal and budgetary matters for the agency.

Public Affairs Office

Edmund Coletta, Director
One Winter Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02108
617-292-5737 Fax: 617-574-6880

The Public Affairs Office (PAO) serves as the eyes, ears and voice of MassDEP, speaking with and listening to the agency's many important constituencies. PAO also helps to coordinate content on the agency's web site, and directs the agency's social media outreach effort. The Director of Public Affairs coordinates all communication between the agency and its various constituencies, including citizens, businesses, stakeholder groups and the news media.



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