Kathleen (Katie) McGinty

Senior Vice President, Oceans


Areas of expertise:
Environmental policy

Kathleen A. “Katie” McGinty is a veteran policymaker, recognized environmental leader, and advocate for common-sense environmental solutions. In her role as Senior Vice President for the Oceans program, she leads a global team of scientists, lawyers, and advocates working to create thriving, resilient oceans.

McGinty, who served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, has deep expertise coordinating environmental policy while working with stakeholders on all sides to ensure the best possible outcomes for the environment and the economy.

After serving as Secretary of Environmental Protection under Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, McGinty went on to build a strong career in the private sector focused on developing sustainability solutions. Her achievements include leading a $100M business designing microgrids and remediating and redeveloping brownfield properties. Katie also lived and worked in India, serving as a Senior Visiting Fellow at TERI, a leading energy and environmental research organization in New Delhi.


McGinty is known for her vision and energy, as well as for her ability to pull people together, persist through tough challenges and solve problems. She believes that environmental challenges are economic opportunities in disguise and is credited with successfully attracting thousands of renewable energy jobs and $1 billion in clean energy investment to Pennsylvania while serving as Secretary of Environmental Protection.

She currently serves on the boards of the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation (Carnegie Mellon University), the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE, emeritus), the Energy Futures Initiative, the Committee of Seventy, and the American Sustainable Business Council.

McGinty is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. She holds Honorary Doctorates from Muhlenberg University, Dickinson College, and Clarion State University. She is the 2018 Commencement Speaker at the Penn State University College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and the Woman of Conservation Lifetime Achievement Awardee of PennFuture. She was named a Global Leader for Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. She was awarded the Ansel Adams Award by The Wilderness Society for Exceptional Commitment to Conservation. And she was named Woman of the Year by the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment.

Katie holds a degree in chemistry from St. Joseph’s University (summa cum laude) and a law degree from Columbia University.