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Patrick McDonnell

Secretary, Department of Environmental Protection

Patrick McDonnell-Secretary, DEP

Patrick McDonnell has served as the Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection since being nominated by Governor Tom Wolf in 2016. Patrick’s career with DEP spans several decades, beginning in 1998.

Prior to becoming Secretary, Patrick served as the department’s director of policy. He also ran the State Energy Office, coordinating renewable energy and energy efficiency issues.  McDonnell previously served as DEP’s Deputy Secretary for Administration, overseeing the agency’s budget, human resource and information technology programs. In addition, he spent over three years as executive policy manager for former Public Utility Commissioner Pamela A. Witmer, focusing on electric, natural gas and water issues. 

Patrick has served several roles with the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), including Treasurer (2018-2019) and Vice President (2019-2020) and Vice Chair of the Innovation and Productivity Committee (2019-2020).

A native of Philadelphia, Secretary McDonnell received his Master’s degree in Political Science from Lehigh University and his Bachelor’s degree from DeSales University. He lives in Harrisburg with his wife Colleen and their four children.