Governor Cooper Nominates Dionne Delli-Gatti for DEQ Secretary

Dionne Delli-Gatti, NCDEQ Secretary Nominee

Dionne Delli-Gatti, Nominee for NCDEQ Secretary

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Governor Cooper Nominates Dionne Delli-Gatti for DEQ Secretary

February 16, 2021

Governor Cooper has nominated Dionne Delli-Gatti to be the next Secretary of the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).  Subject to confirmation by the North Carolina Senate, she will replace Michael Regan who has been nominated by President Joe Biden to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Regan's nomination has been approved by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and reported to the Senate for confirmation.

“Dionne Delli-Gatti is an experienced leader and champion for a safer, healthier environment. I’m confident that she is the right person to continue the progress we’ve made over the last four years with cleaner energy, air and water,” said Gov. Cooper.

“I’m deeply honored and humbled to be nominated by Governor Cooper to lead this critical state agency. I’m ready to get to work for the people of North Carolina, digging in on the tough environmental issues our state is facing,” said Delli-Gatti.

Delli-Gatti most recently served at the Environmental Defense Fund as the Director of Southeast Climate and Energy following six years at the Atlanta EPA Regional office as Congressional and Governmental Liaison. Her environmental experience includes government service at the Ohio EPA and the City of Dallas, as well as an Environmental Specialist at Turner Collie & Braden, Inc. Delli-Gatti is an Air Force veteran. She holds a B.A. from Wright State in Environmental Geology and a Master of Science from the University of North Texas in Environmental Science.


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