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Jo-Ellen Darcy
Jo-Ellen Darcy
Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)
Assumed office
August 7, 2009
President Barack Obama
Preceded by John Paul Woodley, Jr.
Personal details
Born Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Jo-Ellen Darcy is the current United States Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works).


Jo-Ellen Darcy was raised in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. She attended Boston College, receiving a B.S. in Philosophy and Sociology in 1973.

Darcy initially worked as an elementary school teacher before working for the United States House Committee on Financial Services' Subcommittee on Economic Stabilization.

In the 1980s, she joined the office of Governor of Michigan James Blanchard, serving as assistant to the director of personnel for gubernatorial appointments. She worked on water resources and environmental issues while in the governor's office. In 1987, she received an M.S. in Resource Development from Michigan State University. She then served as executive director of the Michigan Great Lakes and Water Resources Planning Commission.

After Blanchard left office in 1991, she worked as a lobbyist for the Investment Company Institute.

In 1993, Darcy became a staff member of the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. During her seven years on the EPW Committee staff, she worked on the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act, the committee's oversight of the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Everglades restoration.

With the start of the 107th United States Congress, Darcy became the Senior Environmental Advisor to the United States Senate Committee on Finance. She served in this capacity for nine years.

On April 3, 2009, President of the United States Barack Obama nominated Darcy as Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), and, after Senate Confirmation, she assumed office on August 7, 2009.


Government offices
Preceded by
John Paul Woodley, Jr.
Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)
August 9, 2009 – current
Succeeded by

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