Catherine McCabe, now retired, is a longtime federal and state government environmental lawyer and executive. She served as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection from 2018 to 2021, in the Senior Executive Service of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2005 to 2018 (including as Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator of EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Environmental Appeals Judge, and Deputy Regional Administrator of EPA Region 2. She also co-chaired the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement for 7 years, and led EPA's work with the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection on enforcement and compliance training. Prior to joining EPA, Catherine was a litigator and manager in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice for over 20 years, serving as an Assistant Chief and Deputy Chief of the Environmental Enforcement Section, Assistant Chief in the Natural Resources Section, and Senior Counsel in the Policy, Legislation and Special Litigation Section. Catherine began her environmental law career as an Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Attorney General's Environmental Protection Bureau (1981-83). She learned the fundamentals of practicing law in private practice with the New York City law firm of Webster & Sheffield (1977-81). Catherine is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Barnard College (majoring in environmental science and management), and also studied environmental science at the graduate level at Columbia University.
Region 3 – (DE, MD, PA, VA, WV & 7 federally recognized tribes)
J.D., Columbia Law School 1977 A.B., Barnard College 1973
New York District of Columbia
U.S. District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York U.S. Supreme Court