Jo-Ellen Darcy

Jo-Ellen Darcy of Washington, DC is a former Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works. In that role, she established policy direction and provided supervision of the Department of the Army functions relating to all aspects of the U.S Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works program. She supervised programs for conservation and development of the nation’s water and wetland resources, flood control, navigation, shore protection, and ecosystem restoration.

Prior to her appointment as Assistant Secretary, Darcy served in a variety of roles on Capitol Hill. She was the Senior Environmental Advisor to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, responsible for environment, conservation, and energy issues. She also served as a Senior Policy Advisor, Deputy Staff Director, and as a professional staff member to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Before joining the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Darcy was legislative representative for the Investment Company Institute, the trade association representing the mutual fund industry and was an advisor on water resources and transportation issues for Governor Jim Blanchard of Michigan in both Lansing and Washington, D.C.  She also worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Banking Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Stabilization and was an elementary school teacher.

She hails from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and has a B.A. in philosophy and sociology from Boston College and a M.S. in resource development from Michigan State University.


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