Ex-Pa. Environment Chief Joins Element Partners

Jan 14 2009 | 1:05am ET

Kathleen McGinty, who made President-elect Barack Obama’s shortlist to head the Environmental Protection Agency, has joined a private equity clean technology firm.

McGinty was named an operating partner at Element Partners, an $800 million p.e. shop focusing on high-growth companies working on clean technology issues. Element is based in Philadelphia and Menlo Park, Calif.

“We have known Kathleen for years and could not be more excited about her joining Element Partners,” managing partner David Lincoln said. “She is nationally recognized as one of the transformational leaders in government and has a reputation for making things happen in partnership between the private and public sectors.”

McGinty, who reportedly withdrew her name from consideration for appointment as EPA administrator, most recently spent five years leading the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority. She also led the White House Council on Environmental Quality under President Bill Clinton, and served as an adviser to then-Sen. Al Gore before his election as vice president, and she served as a counselor to Gore during his unsuccessful run for the presidency in 2000.

Outside of government, McGinty worked at Natsource, Proton Energy Systems and NRG Energy, whose board of directors she joined in October.

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