Another day, another set of appointments to the new administration’s cabinet.
Governor-elect Josh Shapiro selected three more members to his team with the appointments of Rich Negrin as Secretary of Environmental Protection, Cindy Adams Dunn as Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Russell Redding as Secretary of Agriculture.
“Rich Negrin, Cindy Adams Dunn, and Russell Redding are dedicated and experienced public servants and I am proud to nominate them to cabinet positions in my Administration,” said Shapiro.
“Our Commonwealth needs leaders who can manage these agencies’ critical work – from protecting Pennsylvania’s beautiful state parks, forests, and trails, to carrying out a bold, comprehensive climate and energy plan that will grow our economy, protect and create jobs, and safeguard Pennsylvanians’ constitutional right to clean air and pure water. I have complete confidence in these leaders and their abilities to bring people, advocacy organizations, local governments, family farms, and businesses together to create solutions that will protect our Commonwealth’s future and natural resources while embracing our role as national leaders in energy, conservation, and agriculture.”
Negrin most recently served as the Vice President of Regulatory Policy and Strategy and head of external affairs at Commonwealth Edison, where he led the development of clean energy regulatory policies and strategies. He will be the first Latino to serve in the post in the Keystone State.
“I am humbled that Governor-Elect Shapiro has entrusted me with the great responsibility of leading this Administration’s efforts to protect our Commonwealth’s air, land, and water,” said Negrin. “As Secretary of Environmental Protection, I will work diligently to bring people together and ensure the Department works efficiently and we effectively serve all Pennsylvanians in pursuit of a safer, healthier future.”
Dunn has served as the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources since 2015. She has served multiple positions in the agency under three governors during the last three decades.
“It’s the honor of a lifetime to continue to serve our Commonwealth and help lead the Shapiro-Davis Administration’s efforts to conserve and sustain Pennsylvania’s natural resources for present and future generations,” said Dunn.
Redding is currently the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, serving as the 26th Secretary of Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – a role he has served in under Governor Wolf and Governor Rendell. Redding has extensive experience as a public servant, having spent over 20 years serving Pennsylvania as Ag Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Harris Wofford and as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
“Pennsylvania agriculture is a key part of our Commonwealth’s economy and a pillar of so many of our communities – and I am honored by the opportunity to work with the Shapiro Administration to support our farmers and rural communities,” said Redding.
The trio joins four other Cabinet appointments made by Shapiro:
- Education: Dr. Khalid Mumin
- Labor and Industry: Nancy Walker
- Administration: Neil Weaver
- State: Al Schmidt