Emily Lloyd, Commissioner
Emily Lloyd was appointed as the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on February 18, 2014. DEP has nearly 6,000 employees and manages a 2,000 square mile watershed that supplies more than one billion gallons of high quality water each day to the 8.4 million residents of New York City and an additional 1 million residents in more than 70 upstate communities. DEP also manages approximately 7,500 miles of sewer lines and 96 pump stations to treat 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater each day at 14 in-city treatment plants. In addition, DEP has a robust capital program, with nearly $13 billion in investments planned over the next 10 years that will create up to 3,000 construction-related jobs per year.
A Brooklyn resident of 30 years, Emily Lloyd brings extensive senior management experience and a commitment to protecting New York City’s natural resources to the post. Lloyd previously served as Commissioner of DEP from 2005 to 2009, when she played an instrumental role in securing funding for the long-term stability of the city’s water infrastructure, oversaw major progress on the Croton Filtration Plant, Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, and the Third Water Tunnel, and helped modernize DEP’s customer service bureau. Under Lloyd’s leadership, the federal government recognized DEP for its watershed protection programs, granting New York City its first 10 year exemption from filtering most of its water supply. New York City is one of only five large cities in the country with an exemption from filtration, saving the city billions of dollars.
From 2011–2014, Lloyd served as Administrator of Prospect Park and President of the Prospect Park Alliance, a dual public/nonprofit role. She also served as Commissioner of the Department of Sanitation from 1992 to 1994 during the Dinkins administration. In addition, she has worked as the Chief Operating Officer of Trinity Real Estate, Executive Vice President for Administration at Columbia University, and Traffic and Parking Commissioner for the City of Boston. Lloyd received her B.A. from Wellesley College, a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and was a Loeb Fellow in Environmental Studies and Urban Design at Harvard University.