Gov. Roy Cooper names Dionne Delli-Gatti new environmental secretary

Dionne Delli-Gatti via the EDF

RALEIGH – Gov. Roy Cooper named Dionne Delli-Gatti, the director of regulatory and legislative affairs for southeast climate and energy at the Environmental Defense Fund, the state’s new Department of Environmental Quality secretary.

Delli-Gatti will replace Michael Regan, who is expected to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become President Joe Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency administrator.

“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.

According to her biography, Delli-Gatti, “leads a team of professionals dedicated to finding market-based climate solutions designed to provide lasting carbon emissions reductions that maintain North Carolina’s clean energy leadership position and power the Southeast’s economy reliably and affordably.”

Before her work in the state, she held several positions in the state of Texas, including Dallas Mayor Laura Miller and the Texas Mayor’s Coalition.

She is a graduate of Wright State University with a degree in environmental geology and the University of North Texas with a master’s degree in environmental science.