David Cash Joins UMass Boston as McCormack Graduate School Dean
David Cash, former commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and an accomplished academic and practitioner in the fields of sustainability, environmental and energy policy, has been chosen as the new dean of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Cash has spent the last decade in various positions in the Massachusetts government, helping to transform the commonwealth’s energy and environmental policy and regulatory landscape. During his PhD studies at Harvard, he conducted applied research that turned knowledge into action to inform civic decision-making on environmental issues. He says the McCormack Graduate School has a similar focus.
“What drew me particularly to this campus is the deep commitment to applied research— a fundamental desire to integrate rigorous, world-class academic research with on-the-ground policymaking and decision-making that will make a difference in people’s lives,” Cash said. “That’s a rare combination for an academic institution to have.”
As commissioner, Cash worked to expand green energy, environmental justice, and sustainability programs across rural and urban communities. Prior to his work with the DEP, he served as commissioner of the Department of Public Utilities, focusing on efforts to modernize the grid, expand the deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Cash also helped develop legislation that ushered in a clean energy transformation in the state, including the Green Communities Act and the Global Warming Solutions Act.
Cash started work July 21. He succeeds Ira Jackson, who has been named vice provost for economic planning/resources and special projects.
“The McCormack Graduate School is at a crossroads, an inflection point of major growth and opportunity,” Cash said. “I am honored and incredibly excited to join a community of scholars, students and staff, dedicated to linking research and practice, and to work together to strengthen and expand the school’s leadership role on local, state, national, and global stages.”