Rebecca Goodman, Kentucky Cabinet Secretary of Energy and Environment, was appointed by Gov. Andy Beshear as the state’s top environmental officer in December 2019. Secretary Goodman has served the commonwealth for more than four decades. She most recently advocated on behalf of Kentucky utility ratepayers as executive director of the Attorney General’s Office of Rate Intervention. Through her work on state and federal cases, Secretary Goodman regularly dealt with social and environmental justice issues, which frequently concerned low income, disadvantaged and residential customer needs. She formerly served as general counsel for the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission, and the Kentucky Electric Generation and Transmission Siting Board. Secretary Goodman has formerly served as the executive director of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Office of Legal Services after beginning her career as a staff attorney for the Kentucky Public Service Commission.
Secretary Goodman earned a Juris Doctor from Salmon P. Chase College of Law and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Kentucky State University with a B.S. in Business Administration.