Former Clinton White House official joins EDF

Source: Nick Bowlin, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Former Pennsylvania Senate candidate Katie McGinty is joining the Environmental Defense Fund as senior vice president of the oceans program.

McGinty, who lost a tight race to Republican Sen. Pat Toomey in 2016, served as an environmental policy adviser to the Clinton administration and was floated as a possible EPA administrator under President Obama. Later, she worked as secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection.

The former oceans program leader, Amanda Leland, will move up to executive vice president, the group said in a release. She will oversee EDF’s main programs: climate, energy, health ecosystems and oceans.

In a press release, EDF President Fred Krupp praised Leland’s leadership and hailed McGinty’s addition.

“Overfishing is one of the most pressing and solvable environmental challenges of our time and I’m delighted that Katie will be joining our team of experts to help tackle it,” Krupp said.

“She has the inclusive vision, world-class experience and global perspective to lead the Oceans program toward a future where we have more food on the plate, more fish in the sea and more prosperity for the world’s fishing communities.”

McGinty returns to the environmental world after unsuccessful stints in electoral politics. In one of the highest-profile races of the last cycle, she lost to Toomey 48.77 percent to 47.2 percent. She also lost a bid for Pennsylvania governor in 2014, later serving as Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s chief of staff.