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Jennifer MundtEnergy Director

Jennifer Mundt joined the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in April 2017, after spending more than a decade as a nonpartisan senior legislative analyst serving the North Carolina General Assembly. While at the legislature, Jennifer drafted and evaluated energy, environmental, and public health legislation and policy.

Jennifer earned bachelor’s degrees in environmental science and political science from Virginia Tech before she worked for several years as an environmental consultant in the private sector. She earned her master’s degree in Public Health from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007. While at Carolina, Jennifer studied environmental policy and her culminating master’s research work assessed the State’s stormwater laws and their projected impacts on surface water quality.

As the Energy Director for the Department, Jennifer helps shape DEQ’s energy policy and implementation.  In addition to her role as Director, Jennifer serves as the Secretary’s designee to the Energy Policy Council, represents North Carolina on the Regional Energy Resources Council to the Tennessee Valley Authority, and is Governor Cooper’s appointee to lead the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s North Carolina Renewable Energy Task Force.

Jennifer is an active member of the Environment Section of the American Public Health Association on which she previously served in a leadership role.  Outside the office, Jennifer can often be spotted running on the Capital Area Greenway trails in Raleigh, or with her husband and two elementary-school aged daughters.