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Michael S. Regan

Michael S. Regan is the first Black man and second person of color to lead the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.

Raised in North Carolina where he developed a passion for the environment, Mr. Regan most recently served as the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.
As Secretary, Mr. Regan spearheaded North Carolina’s initiatives to address climate change, transition the state to a clean energy economy, secured the largest coal ash clean-up in United States history, in addition to establishing North Carolina’s first-of-its-kind Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory board to better align social inequities, environmental protection, and community empowerment.

Previously, Administrator Regan served as Associate Vice President of U.S. Climate and Energy, and as Southeast Regional Director of the Environmental Defense Fund where he convened energy companies, business leaders, environmental and industry groups, and elected officials across the country to achieve pragmatic solutions to the climate crisis.

Mr. Regan began his career with the U.S. EPA, eventually becoming a national program manager responsible for designing strategic solutions with industry and corporate stakeholders to reduce air pollution, improve energy efficiency and address climate change.

Administrator Regan is a graduate of the North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and he earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from The George Washington University.

Mr. Regan and his wife, Melvina, are proud parents to their son, Matthew.