Paul M. King, Board Chair for the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), announced today that, following a unanimous vote from the PEC Board of Directors, the organization has hired Donald S. Welsh as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Welsh will officially begin his new role in the Harrisburg office on Monday, April 27th.
“We are very pleased to have Don join PEC as our new President and CEO. He brings a wealth of experience and personal commitment to environmental and natural resource management,” said Paul M. King, “He has great stature in the environmental community with over 30 years experience at the Federal, State and Local levels.”
Welsh, who resides in Kennett Square in Chester County, comes to PEC with vast experience, leadership and expertise. Immediately prior to accepting the leadership role with PEC, he worked for eight years as a Regional Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In that role, he led the environmental protection efforts for six states in the mid-Atlantic region.
Welsh’s prior work experience includes serving as the Deputy Secretary for State/Federal Relations for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and as the Chief of Government Affairs for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Don started his career working for Congressman Bud Shuster in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Chief Legislative Assistant. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
"PEC's demonstrated ability to solve problems through its project work and policy development is what attracted me to the organization,” said Welsh. “I'm honored to have this opportunity to help bring citizens, businesses and policy-makers together to find innovative solutions to the environmental challenges facing our state. PEC has always stood for innovation and cooperation, with a broad base of members and partners and a first-rate staff." (click here for full announcement)