DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT


[Photograph of Department Secretary] JANE T. NISHIDA, Secretary of the Environment



Secretary of the Environment since March 27, 1995.

Counsel to Environmental Matters Committee of House of Delegates, 1981-83. Counsel to Economic Affairs Committee of State Senate, 1983-84. Assistant Legislative Officer, 1984-88, and Deputy Legislative Officer, 1988-91, Governor's Legislative Office.

Member, Governor's Executive Council, 1995-; Governor's Council on the Chesapeake Bay, 1995-; Implementation Committee of the Chesapeake Executive Council, 1995-; Chesapeake Bay Trust, 1995-; State Council on Cancer Control, 1995-; Maryland Advisory Commission on Manufacturing Competitiveness, 1995-; Governor's Pesticide Council, 1995-; Lead Hazard Advisory Committee, 1995-; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, 1995-; Scenic and Wild Rivers Review Board, 1995-; State Soil Conservation Committee, 1995-; Susquehanna River Basin Commission, 1995-. Chair, Asbestos Oversight Committee, 1995-. Vice-Chair, Appalachian States Low-Level Radioactive Waste Commission, 1995-. Member, Governor's Flood Mitigation Task Force for Western Maryland, 1996-; Task Force to Study Retail Electric Competition and the Restructuring of the Electric Utility Industry, 1997-98; Smart Growth and Neighborhood Conservation Subcabinet, 1998-; Western Maryland Economic Development Task Force, 1998-. Co-Chair, Interagency Nutrient Reduction Oversight Committee, 1998-. Chair, Drought Emergency Coordinating Committee, 1999. Member, Shore Erosion Task Force, 1999-2000; Member, Task Force on Regulatory Reform, 1999-2001. Chair, Oil Spill Prevention Advisory Committee, 2000. Member, Task Force on the Environmental Effects of Methyl Tertiary-Butyl Ether (MTBE), 2000-. Chair, Ozone Transport Commission, 2000- (member, 1995-). Vice-Chair, State Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council, 2000-. Member, Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities, 2001-. Board member, World Trade Center Institute.

Member, Federal Advisory Committee on Total Maximum Daily Loads [calculations for watersheds], 1998; Federal Title VI Implementation Advisory Committee, 1998-99; Federal Clean Air Act Advisory Committee.

Born in Bethesda, Maryland, April 26, 1955. Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, B.A. (international relations), 1977; Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1980. Law clerk, American Academy of Judicial Education, 1979; Federal Judicial Center, 1979-80. Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 1991-95. Board of Directors, Center for Clean Air Policy. Board of Directors, Environmental Law Institute. Member, Environmental Council of the States.

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