Pennsylvania DEP Announces New Executive Director of Citizens' Advisory Council

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection's Citizens' Advisory Council has announced the appointment of Michele Tate as its next executive director.

"The Citizens' Advisory Council plays an important role in DEP's decision-making process," Acting DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo said. "Michele's extensive regulatory and programmatic experience will be tremendous assets, and I look forward to working with her in this capacity."

Tate has worked for DEP for 17 years. Most recently, she was regulatory coordinator in the department's policy office. In that capacity, she was responsible for moving regulations through development and adoption with the Environmental Quality Board; as well as through the external review process, involving the General Assembly and the Independent Regulatory Review Commission.

Before being the regulatory coordinator, she worked for the Bureau of Land Recycling and Waste Management and the former Office of Pollution Prevention and Compliance Assistance.

She holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor's degree from Gannon University in Erie. Tate is also a certified ISO 14001 Lead Auditor for Environmental Management Systems and in 1997 was awarded a DEP Team Award for Excellence for her participation in the Strategic Environmental Management Team.

Tate resides in Camp Hill with her husband, Chad, and daughter Madison.

The Citizens' Advisory Council was established in 1971. Its 18 appointed members review the agency's work and key environmental issues facing Pennsylvania, then make recommendations to the DEP secretary, governor and General Assembly.

Marjorie Hughes, the current director of the council, will retire in January 2014.

For more information, call 717-787-4527 or visit

Media contact: Amanda Witman, 717-787-1323

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection


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