Healey and Driscoll to Appoint Tepper as Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary
In full transparency, the following is a press release submitted to SOURCE media.
BOSTON – Massachusetts Governor-elect Maura Healey and Lieutenant Governor-elect Driscoll today announced that they will appoint Rebecca Tepper as Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA).
Tepper is currently the Chief of the Energy and Environment Bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.
“In my time working with Rebecca, I’ve known her to be a strong leader who cares deeply about our environment and also understands the great opportunity before us to partner with our workforce and businesses to drive our clean energy revolution and preserve our beautiful natural resources,” said Governor-elect Healey. “She’s smart, experienced and committed to the cause, and I know that she will be a consensus builder and deliver the results we so urgently need.”
“I’m honored to be chosen as EEA Secretary by Governor-elect Healey and Lieutenant Governor-elect Driscoll,” said Tepper. “The challenge of this moment is not lost on me – we have enormous work to do to deliver relief to Massachusetts residents and businesses who are struggling with rising energy bills and aggressively move forward on our climate goals. Our transition to a clean energy economy will create good paying, sustainable jobs and deliver health, environmental and equity benefits to all Massachusetts residents.”
As EEA Secretary, Tepper will oversee the state’s six environmental, natural resource and energy regulatory agencies. She will work closely with the Climate Chief to deliver on Governor-elect Healey’s commitment to electrify our buildings and transportation system and create a climate corridor of innovation, technology and investment across the state.
In her current role, Tepper serves as Attorney General Healey’s chief advisor on energy and environmental policy. She’s responsible for the office’s three environmental and energy divisions, including executing the statutory duties of the Commonwealth’s ratepayer advocate. She’s worked in the Attorney General’s Office since 2015, and previously served as General Counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and Director of the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board.
Before entering state government in 2009, Tepper worked in the private sector for 15 years as a Partner at Rubin and Rudman LLP. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin/Madison and Boston University Law School. She lives in Lexington with her husband and twin boys.