Katie McGinty is a proven leader with a long track record of creating positive change. In government and in business, Katie has been a change agent overcoming the odds to create jobs, protect the environment, deliver affordable health care and support good schools.
Katie learned early on to "just do it!” She's the ninth of ten kids, born in northeast Philadelphia to a Philadelphia police officer and restaurant hostess. Katie laughs that this big, loud and fun household was a "no complaint zone.”
Katie took that attitude to her dream of going to college. She was the first in her family to go to a four year college, and got there by earning full scholarships to study chemistry at Saint Joseph's University, and then law at Columbia University.
Believing strongly that technology "invented in America should be made in America," Katie won a Congressional Fellowship after crafting a strategy to bring technology jobs back to the United States. Working with then Senator Al Gore, Katie brought innovation and technology to protecting the environment, strengthening the landmark Clean Air Act and shaping early strategies to take on climate change.
Appreciating Katie's approach that successfully broke through the old "jobs versus environment" myth, President Bill Clinton asked Katie to become the first woman to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Katie drove an agenda that delivered historic gains in renewable energy, ecosystem protection and ensured clean air and water.
Later, Katie brought that same approach to the helm of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection with Governor Ed Rendell, leading a staff of 3,000 and managing an $800 million budget. With a commitment to creating jobs and protecting the environment, Katie led the charge to attract clean energy companies to Pennsylvania – resulting in over a billion dollars in new investment and 3,000 new jobs. Under Katie’s leadership, Pennsylvania became an environmental leader among the states, and renewable energy companies from around the world set up shop in Pennsylvania making the state number one in wind and number three in solar energy jobs.
Going global with the mission to boost the environment and the economy, Katie moved to India. Based at the Tata Energy Research Institute, Katie forged new partnerships between US and Indian clean energy companies to help address climate change, an effort that supported the negotiation of new environmental agreements between the US and India.
In the private sector, Katie led a business that put people to work cleaning up polluted properties and bringing communities new investment and development, and she's helped build successful growth strategies for early stage clean energy, water, and efficiency companies.
Katie ran for Governor of Pennsylvania in 2014. When Governor Tom Wolf was elected, he named Katie, his former rival, as his Chief of Staff to help lead the new administration. With Governor Wolf, Katie continued her can-do approach to problem solving, working to develop a budget proposal that cut property taxes for families and seniors, increasing aid to public education, and expanding Medicaid. Her work with Governor Wolf is making good health coverage available to 600,000 Pennsylvanians, and will save Pennsylvania taxpayers $600 million annually.
Katie is the proud recipient of three Honorary Doctorate Degrees (Clarion State, Dickinson, and Muhlenberg). She has been named “Global Leader for Tomorrow” (World Economic Forum), “Business Leader of the Year” (Woman’s Network for a Sustainable Future), "Woman of the Year” (Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment), and has been awarded prestigious environmental awards including the "Ansel Adams Award" of the National Wildlife Federation. Katie’s dedication to her work is matched only by her dedication to her family. She, her husband, and their three daughters reside in Wayne, Chester County, Pennsylvania.Contribute