Office of the Secretary
Secretary, Department of Environmental Protection
With 15 years of experience holding a number of positions at
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Patrick McDonnell
brings a broad perspective to the agency’s regulatory and policy development
Prior to being named Acting Secretary, McDonnell served as
DEP’s director of policy. In addition, he ran the State Energy Office, and was
charged with coordination of renewable energy and energy efficiency issues.
McDonnell also served several years as executive policy manager for former
Commissioner Pamela A. Witmer of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission,
focusing on electric, natural gas and water issues, as well as cybersecurity
and the impact of environmental regulation on energy markets.
Secretary McDonnell began his career at DEP working in the
State Energy Office on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building
projects. Throughout his career, McDonnell has worked to achieve success in the
nexus between energy and environmental issues.
A native of Philadelphia, Secretary McDonnell received his
Master's degree in Political Science from Lehigh University and his Bachelor's
degree in Politics from DeSales University. He and his wife Colleen have four
children, and live in Harrisburg.