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On the heels of Earth Day a profile of Boston's Gina McCarthy, EPA

Regina McCarthy better known as Gina was on the Daily Show recently.

Administrator Gina McCarthy adjusts her glasses during a keynote panel on reducing greenhouse gases at the Grand Hyatt Hotel April 7, 2014 in Washington, DC.
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I decided to do some research on this Boston native who is currently administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Ms. McCarthy, 60, McCarthy graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology in 1976. In 1981 she received a joint Master of Science in Environmental Health Engineering and Planning and Policy from Tufts University.

On March 4, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Gina McCarthy to replace Lisa Jackson as head of the EPA. This "green quarterback," a longtime air quality expert who has been a champion for tougher carbon emissions standards was confirmed as head of the powerful Environmental Protection Agency after a record 136-day confirmation fight, becoming the face of Obama's global warming/climate change initiative.

She has worked on environmental issues at the state and local levels and has developed policies on economic growth, energy, transportation and the environment. In her twenty-five years in public administration, she has been an environmental advisor to five Massachusetts governors, including former Governor Mitt Romney.

According to some observers, Obama's selection of McCarthy confirms that he is serious about battling climate change. Daniel Fiorino, director of the Center for Environmental Policy at American University, says: "Her nomination signals that the president really wants to deliver on his State of the Union objectives to take serious action on climate change." source