Director Mary Beth Tung

Mary Beth Tung, Ph.D., Esq., was named by Governor Hogan as the Director of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) on May 17, 2016.

As Director of the MEA, Dr. Tung works to ensure that Maryland’s energy portfolio benefits Maryland residents, businesses and local government organizations by improving the effective use of all of energy resources available in the state. Dr. Tung oversees nearly 40 energy related programs including grants that benefit low-to-moderate income families, commercial and industrial entities, and residential. These programs also promote expansion of renewable energy and promotion of energy efficiency for businesses and nonprofit organizations.  Mary-at-podium-sm.jpg

Acting as a conduit for public and private energy partnerships, Dr. Tung helps to leverage state resources with private and commercial investments across a variety of energy areas such as solar energy canopies, bio-fuel projects, data center energy efficiency upgrades, combined heat installations, power collaborations, and more. 

Speaking at a variety of conferences, Dr. Tung serves as a spokesperson for Maryland, representing the state at energy innovation conferences such as Light City Energy Innovation, Microgrid 2.0, the Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Conference, and Wind Europe. She is Governor Hogan’s Alternate on the Southern States’ Energy Board, a Commissioner on the Maryland Climate Change Commission, a member of the Maryland Clean Energy Board and the University of Maryland Energy Innovation Institute Board, a member of the Maryland Smart Growth Sub-Cabinet, a member of the TEDCO Maryland Innovation Initiative that provides seed money for new technology companies, and former Chair of the Appalachian States Low Level Radiation Waste Compact.

Mary with solar panel.jpgPreviously, Dr. Tung served as Deputy Secretary of Operations at the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). In her role at MDE, she managed, human resources, information technology, budget and procurement, and oversaw the facilities management functions of the agency. Mary Beth also helped to develop innovative solutions for the department to work more efficiently, and lead the Department in Emergency Preparedness and Radiation Health efforts. She also oversaw the move of MEA to the MDE Baltimore headquarters and helped to coordinate energy programs statewide to assist MDE reach its environmental goals.

Dr. Tung worked as a patent attorney practiced business and intellectual property law, government contract law. Previously, she was a registered patent agent specializing in biotechnology and was a biotech patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office and was an assistant professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Mary at PRH.JPGMary Beth earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Cincinnati, a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Wright State University a Postdoctoral Associate in pharmacology and virology at the Yale University School of Medicine and received her J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She is a member of the Maryland bar.


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