Thursday, March 6, 2014

Rep. Wooley Appointed as State Environmental Quality Control Director

This afternoon, Representative Jessica Wooley (Kaneohe, Heeia, Ahuimanu, Kahaluu, Haiku Valley, Mokuoloe) was appointed by Governor Neil Abercrombie to serve as the Director of the State Office of Environmental Quality Control.

The OEQC Director is tasked with providing advice and assistance regarding Chapter 343, HRS, to private industry, government agencies, and community groups, conducting research, legislative initiatives, public outreach, and recommending programs for the long-range implementation of environmental quality control.

Elected in 2008, Wooley currently represents District 48 (Kahaluu-Ahuimanu-Kaneohe) in the state House, serving as chair of the Agriculture Committee. Previously, she was an attorney at Legal Aid, an economist at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Deputy Attorney General under Governors Ben Cayetano and Linda Lingle.

Wooley earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, along with a master’s degree in agricultural and resource economics and a Juris Doctor from the University of California Berkeley.

“As a public servant, I see this as a tremendous opportunity to have a greater impact. I will be honored to work with the Governor and his administration as we continually work to make sure our environment is resilient and able to support the public interest and all of Hawaii's policy goals. We must always keep in mind that our very economy, our health and our safety depend on our ability to care for our environmental resources,” said Representative Wooley.

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