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Secretary, Department of Environmental Protection
Richard Negrin – the first Latino ever to be Secretary of Environmental Protection – most recently served as the Vice President of Regulatory Policy and Strategy and head of external affairs at Commonwealth Edison, where he led the development of clean energy regulatory policies and strategies. At ComEd, Negrin led efforts to increase the use of renewable energy, spur the adoption of electric vehicles, and increase energy efficiency.
Negrin’s extensive leadership and management track record includes his service as Deputy Mayor of Administration & Coordination and Managing Director of the City of Philadelphia. As Managing Director of the City of Philadelphia, Negrin led the creation of the first Municipal Innovation Lab and created the City's first Center of Excellence, bringing best practices in Project Management, Organizational Development, and Performance Management to City government. He also oversaw the development and implementation of PhillyRising, a first of its kind neighborhood initiative that is changing quality of life in many of Philadelphia’s challenged neighborhoods and has been replicated in other cities.
He was appointed Deputy Mayor of Administration & Coordination and Managing Director in June 2010, after having been appointed by Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter in December 2009 to serve as Executive Director of the Board of Revision of Taxes for the City of Philadelphia to provide strong leadership to revitalize, restructure and reform the embattled agency.
He previously served as Vice-Chair of the independent Philadelphia Board of Ethics and as Vice President and Associate General Counsel of ARAMARK Corporation. Prior to joining ARAMARK, Mr. Negrin was a litigator with the global law firm of Morgan Lewis, and he also previously served as a prosecutor in the Major Trials Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.
Negrin has served as a member of the Board of Directors for a number of community based organizations including Congreso de Latinos Unidos, where he served as Chair of the Governance Committee. He is a former President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania (HBA) and has served on the Board of the HBA’s Legal Education Fund. Mr. Negrin has also been active in the Hispanic National Bar Association. Mr. Negrin is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Wagner College.