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Shawn M. LaTourette, Deputy Commissioner & Chief of Staff
Shawn M. LaTourette serves as Chief of Staff to DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe.
Shawn assists the Commissioner in leading the department, shaping environmental policy and regulation across New Jersey. He is the DEP’s principal liaison to the Office of Governor Phil Murphy and leads the DEP’s senior staff, providing policy advice and direction to each of the DEP programs responsible for protecting New Jersey’s air, land and water, and its natural and historic resources.
Prior to his appointment as Chief of Staff in early 2019, Shawn served as the DEP’s Deputy Commissioner for Legal & Regulatory Affairs, following a career as an environmental attorney. In private practice, Shawn guided clients through the responsible development of infrastructure, energy and brownfields redevelopment projects; litigated high-stakes environmental claims; and defended victims of toxic chemical exposure.
A New Jersey native and avid hiker, Shawn is a graduate of Rutgers University and Rutgers School of Law, where he received highest honors and commendations for his writing on environmental issues, including the legal implications of the Exxon Valdez catastrophe and climate change.
Shawn LaTourette, Chief of Staff
401 E. State St.
7th Floor, East Wing
P.O. Box 402
Trenton, NJ 08625-0402
phone: (609) 292-2885
fax: (609) 292-7695
Olivia C. Glenn, Deputy Commissioner Environmental Justice & Equity
Olivia C. Glenn serves as a Deputy Commissioner to Commissioner McCabe.
Appointed in July, Olivia is responsible for prioritizing the advancement of the administration’s environmental justice and equity goals.
A longtime advocate of ensuring underserved communities have access to the outdoors, Olivia believes every New Jerseyan has a right to experience and enjoy the benefits of nature.
Olivia previously led the DEP’s Division of Parks and Forestry, serving since 2018 as its director and managing its 450,000 acres of natural and historic resources. From 2003 to 2009, she worked as the Division’s Urban Initiatives and Outreach Coordinator and subsequently served as special assistant to the DEP Deputy Commissioner. Olivia later was a member of the DEP’s Environmental Justice Advisory Council, leading its efforts in outreach, education and land management.
Olivia also has worked with the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, making outdoor spaces and trails more readily available to Greater Philadelphia residents, especially people living in Camden. In 2018, the Camden Collaborative Initiative honored her with the Camden Environmental Hero Award. As Deputy Commissioner, Olivia will chair CCI’s Steering Committee and will be responsible for environmental justice, diversity and environmental education.
Olivia earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Dartmouth College. She holds a master’s degree from the Yale School of the Environment, where she wrote her master's thesis on park revitalization in Camden. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, as well as singing and playing the flute, piano and bassoon. Olivia is married and has three children.