Mary Griffin Appointed Fish and Game Commissioner

Boston, MA – May 2, 2007 – Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles today named Mary Griffin to be Commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game. An experienced administrator and environmental attorney at multiple state agencies, she will be the first woman to hold that post.

“Governor Patrick and I are thrilled to have Mary Griffin heading our key sporting, wildlife, fisheries, and habitat protection agency,” said Secretary Bowles. “She is an outdoor enthusiast, as well as a seasoned environmental lawyer. She will be a spokesperson for all the natural resources under the stewardship of the Department of Fish and Game, and a key player in all our efforts to preserve the environment for commerce, pleasure, and posterity.”

Griffin is currently Acting Deputy Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). Prior to this role, she served as Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of Resource Protection at MassDEP, which is responsible for protecting critical inland and coastal water resources, including wetlands. She previously served as General Counsel to the Secretary of Environmental Affairs, and Boston Harbor Regional Coordinator at the Office of Coastal Zone Management. She has also been Chief of Legal Services for the state parks system, for which she previously managed land acquisition programs. Griffin served as Assistant Attorney General in the Environmental Protection Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office under Scott Harshbarger. She has also practiced environmental law in the private sector at the firm of WilmerHale in Boston.

The Department of Fish and Game exercises stewardship responsibility over the Commonwealth’s marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants, and natural communities, as well as the habitats required to support these resources. The department also works to conserve and restore the state’s rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, wild lands, and coastal waters, in addition to ensuring the responsible practice of hunting, trapping, and fishing both inland and marine.

“I’m excited about taking on the challenge of protecting our natural resources under the jurisdiction of the Department of Fish and Game,” said Griffin. “I want to connect the public to those resources through hunting, fishing, and other recreational activities. And I am committed to both conserving our natural resources and preserving the communities that depend on them.”

Griffin is a graduate of Cornell Law School and Davidson College. She lives in Hingham with her husband, David Brown, and their two sons. She enjoys hiking, recreational boating, fishing and swimming, and watching her sons play Little League baseball. She also holds a noncommercial license for ten lobster pots from the Division of Marine Fisheries.

“This is only my second year with a lobster permit,” said Griffin. “Last year I painted the buoys and put out three traps. This year, I’m hoping to catch some big ones!” Griffin takes office May 16.