Alicia Barton joined the MassCEC in August 2012 after serving as Deputy Commissioner for policy and planning at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. At MassDEP Alicia oversaw policy and regulatory matters for the agency, including clean air and water, climate change, wetlands and coastal issues, and all aspects of environmental permitting.
Alicia was the primary author of the MassDEP’s Action Plan for Regulatory Reform and she developed and launched the MassDEP Clean Energy Results Program, which leverages the agency’s technical and regulatory expertise to facilitate the siting and construction of clean energy projects in the Commonwealth.
From 2007 to 2011, Alicia held various other positions at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs including Assistant Secretary for Environmental Review, Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Director and Deputy General Counsel. In her time at MEPA, Alicia oversaw implementation of the MEPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Policy, which was a nation-leading policy designed to incorporate clean energy elements into real estate and infrastructure development projects.
After graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in environmental science, Alicia earned a juris doctor from Boston College Law School. Alicia was an attorney in private practice prior to joining the Patrick Administration in 2007.
As part of her community involvement, Alicia has been a frequent guest lecturer at local law schools and universities, speaking on topics involving environmental law and policy and she previously served on the Board of Directors at St. Francis House, New England’s largest day shelter for the poor and homeless.