DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT

SECRETARY


[photo, Serena C. McIlwain, Secretary of the Environment] SERENA COLEMAN McILWAIN, Secretary of the Environment



Secretary of the Environment since March 2, 2023. Acting Secretary of the Environment, January 18 to March 2, 2023.

Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2023-; Governor's Council on the Chesapeake Bay (Governor's Chesapeake Bay Cabinet), 2023-; Commerce Subcabinet, 2023-; Governor's Subcabinet for International Affairs, 2023-; Governor's Subcabinet on Infrastructure, 2023-; Smart Growth Subcabinet, 2023-. Chair, Asbestos Oversight Committee, 2023-; Commission on Climate Change, 2023-. Co-Chair, Building Energy Transition Implementation Task Force, 2023-. Vice-Chair, State Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council, 2023-.

Member, Governor's Intergovernmental Commission for Agriculture, 2023-; Animal Waste Technology Fund Advisory Committee, 2023-; Baltimore Regional Transportation Board, 2023-; Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee, 2023-; Chesapeake Bay Trust, 2023-; Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 2023-; Coast Smart Council, 2023-; Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays, 2023-; Deep Creek Lake Policy and Review Board, 2023-; Executive Committee for Dredged Material Management Plans, 2023-; Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities, 2023-; Maryland Efficient Grant Application Council, 2023-; Maryland Green Building Council, 2023-; Maryland Green Purchasing Committee, 2023-; Maryland Commission on Health Equity, 2023-; Invasive Plants Advisory Committee, 2023-; Maryland Military Installation Council, 2023-; State Board of On-Site Wastewater Professionals, 2023-; Council on Open Data, 2023-; Ozone Transport Commission, 2022-; Pesticide Advisory Committee, 2023-; Phosphorus Management Tool Transition Advisory Committee, 2023-; Port of Deposit State Historical Park Stakeholder Advisory Committee, 2023-; Principals' Staff Committee, Chesapeake Executive Council, 2023-; Project Green Classrooms Initiative, 2023-; Renewable Fuels Incentive Board, 2023-; Scenic and Wild Rivers Review Board, 2023-; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee on Small, Minority, and Women Business Affairs, 2023-; State Soil Conservation Committee, 2023-; Susquehanna River Basin Commission, 2023-; Maryland Zero Emission Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council, 2023-.

Director, Workforce Planning and Management, Architect of the Capitol, 2003-09. Director, Business Partners Office (chief human capital officer), U.S. Department of Energy, 2009-11. Chief Operating Officer, Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 2012-14. Chief Operating Officer and Regional Administrator, San Francisco, 2014-17, and Chief Performance Improvement Officer and Director, Office of Continuous Improvement, 2017-18, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Undersecretary and Chief Operations Officer, Environmental Protection Agency, California, 2019-23.

Born in Alexandria, Virginia. Attended T.C. Williams High School, Alexandria, Virginia; Strayer University, B.A. (business administration), 1994; Central Michigan University, M.S. (administration & international studies), 1999; School of Public Policy, George Mason University, M.P.A. (public administration), 2003. Member, Public Policy Board, Veloz, 2023-.

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