Dionne Delli-Gatti serves as North Carolina’s Clean Energy Director, an expansion of the State Energy Director role. In this policymaking capacity, she focuses on efforts to promote clean energy in North Carolina including negotiating energy legislation, advancing regulatory efforts, and implementing Executive Order 80 and the State’s Clean Energy Plan.
Governor Roy Cooper nominated Delli-Gatti Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality in February 2021. When her nomination was not confirmed, Delli-Gatti agreed to continue her work on clean energy in her current capacity.
Prior to joining DEQ, Delli-Gatti served at the Environmental Defense Fund as the Director of Southeast Climate and Energy. That followed six years at the Atlanta EPA Regional office as Congressional and Governmental Liaison. Her environmental experience also includes government service at the Ohio EPA and the City of Dallas, as well as time as an Environmental Specialist at Turner Collie & Braden, Inc.
An Air Force veteran, Delli-Gatti holds a B.A. from Wright State in Environmental Geology and a Master of Science from the University of North Texas in Environmental Science.
She lives in Wake County with her husband, Rodney, her son, Crosby, and their Goldendoodle.