2021 DEP Quarterly - Winter

2021 DEP Quarterly - Winter

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | 10 am to 12:30 pm

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Held exclusively for PA Chamber members in the environmental and energy regulated community, this event series provides an opportunity for members to hear first-hand from PA Department of Environmental Protection officials as well as other state and regulatory agencies, legislators and trade associations in the Commonwealth. DEP Quarterly features discussions and presentations from decision-makers and experts in the energy and water, waste, air and natural resources environmental sectors, as well as updates provided by subject matter experts from leading law, engineering and consulting firms. The events are also a valuable opportunity to network with peers and get involved in the PA Chamber’s environmental committees.

About The Speakers

John F. Coleman Jr. has been a member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) leadership team since 2010, when he was first appointed Commissioner. During his tenure he was nominated by three different governors—Governors Edward G. Rendell, Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf. He served as Vice Chairman of the Commission from 2011 to 2015. His current term expires April 2022.

Commissioner Coleman is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Committee on Gas, an inaugural member of NARUC’s Pipeline Safety Committee, and the co-chair of the organization’s Natural Gas Access and Expansion Task Force.

His commitment to public service also includes his current role as Vice Chairman of the Gas Technology Institute Public Interest Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority Board of Directors.

Commissioner Coleman is a certified Economic Development Professional with a strong background in business and finance, capital formation, community and economic development, and business startup and expansion. His professional experience, in addition to his many years of service to the PUC, has made him a valuable resource to the organization.

Prior to joining the PUC, Commissioner Coleman served 12 years as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the nationally accredited Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County, the largest member-based business organization in Central Pennsylvania. In that capacity, he also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Centre County Industrial Development Corporation, an entrepreneurial development and business finance corporation.

Commissioner Coleman is a graduate of Saint Francis University and the United States Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organizational Management at Notre Dame. He is a founding investor and the Corporate Treasurer of SilcoTek in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.

Patrick McDonnell has served as the Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection since being nominated by Governor Tom Wolf in 2016. Patrick’s career with DEP spans several decades, beginning in 1998.

Prior to becoming Secretary, Patrick served as the department’s director of policy. He also ran the State Energy Office, coordinating renewable energy and energy efficiency issues. McDonnell previously served as DEP’s Deputy Secretary for Administration, overseeing the agency’s budget, human resource and information technology programs. In addition, he spent over three years as executive policy manager for former Public Utility Commissioner Pamela A. Witmer, focusing on electric, natural gas and water issues.

Patrick has served several roles with the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), including Treasurer (2018-2019) and Vice President (2019-2020) and Vice Chair of the Innovation and Productivity Committee (2019-2020).

A native of Philadelphia, Secretary McDonnell received his Master’s degree in Political Science from Lehigh University and his Bachelor’s degree from DeSales University. He lives in Harrisburg with his wife Colleen and their four children.