Maryann McCarthy has spent the last decade representing all segments of the oil and natural gas industry as Associate Director of the American Petroleum Institute in New York where she also served as Director of Government Affairs responsible for legislative, regulatory and public policy engagement strategies on behalf of a diverse, international membership. Working with the New York State Legislature and the Department of Environmental Conservation, she tackled issues surrounding the energy transition including the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, the Transportation Climate Initiative, the low carbon fuel standard, biofuels and natural gas infrastructure. She brings extensive experience in energy and environmental policy to assist companies in navigating the transition to a clean energy economy.
Maryann has managed external relationships with congressional representatives, state and city elected officials, regulatory agencies, the business community, NGO’s, professional associations and industry trade groups. She regularly utilized strategic partnerships, coalition building, grassroots mobilization and media campaigns on a range of issues including the Renewable Fuels Standard, energy infrastructure and the critical role of natural gas for electricity generation.
Maryann’s crisis management experience includes working with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security on supply chain preparedness, directing fuel to Long Island and creating a waiver playbook to avoid further fuel disruptions in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Previously, she served as Vice President of Business Development and Government Affairs for the Industries for the Blind of New York State, working closely with the Legislature, the Office of General Services and Regional Economic Development Councils via the procurement law. Maryann was appointed by Governor George Pataki as Commissioner of the New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board at the Department of Labor where she managed the appeals program while supervising over 200 Hearing and Appellate Administrative Law Judges.
Her early career was spent as a Senior Associate at the law firm of Harter, Secrest and Emery LLP, where she advised a wide range of corporations, not-for-profit organizations and trade associations across a variety of industries including biotechnology, transportation, energy and healthcare. She was responsible for advancing legislative and regulatory agendas before state governmental entities, developing proposals for government contracts, securing economic development incentives and assisting clients in forming strategic alliances with both the public and private sectors.
Through her varied experiences, Maryann has developed in-depth knowledge of the state legislative and regulatory process with expertise in pursuing economic development opportunities and job creation, always with a goal of enhancing economic and environmental progress. Maryann is a member of Lean in Energy, a global non-profit devoted to mentoring in the energy sector and disrupting the gender gap in energy. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees for the Academy of the Holy Names. She graduated magna cum laude from Providence College with a BS in Accounting and received her law degree from Albany Law School.