Elizabeth Biser responds to senators’ questions during her confirmation hearing Aug. 17, shown in this screenshot from the video feed.

RALEIGH — Elizabeth S. Biser is the first female secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Biser for the role.

Gov Roy Cooper announced Biser’s appointment in late June, after the Senate voted to not confirm the governor’s previous nominee, Dionne Delli-Gatti. 

“I am ready to get to work on the issues that matter to the people of North Carolina,” said Secretary Biser.  “I thank Governor Cooper for the opportunity to return to this department as Secretary and I look forward to working with the General Assembly and all of our stakeholders to protect our environment and our economy.”

Biser, who was sworn in on July 1, previously served as the director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at DEQ’s predecessor agency, the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Her private sector experience included serving as the President of Biser Strategies, LLC; Senior Policy Advisor of the Recycling Partnership; Vice President of Policy and Public Affairs of the Recycling Partnership; and the Government Relations & Policy Advisor of Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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