Mr. Patrick McDonnell
Patrick McDonnell is the Policy Director for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, overseeing the agency regulation and policy development processes. In addition, Mr. McDonnell runs the State Energy Office and is charged with coordination of renewable energy and energy efficiency issues.
Prior to returning to DEP, Mr. McDonnell was Executive Policy Manager for 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.
Before that, Mr. McDonnell spent 13 years with DEP in a variety of roles. As Deputy Secretary for Administration, he managed the budget, human resource, information technology and facilities management functions of the agency. He also previously served as Policy Director and as an Assistant to the Executive Deputy Secretary. He began his career at DEP working in the State Energy Office on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building projects.
Mr. McDonnell received his Master’s degree in Political Science from Lehigh University and his Bachelor’s in Politics from DeSales University.