As Director of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), Dr. Tung works to ensure that Maryland’s energy portfolio benefits Maryland residents, businesses and local government organizations by improving the effective use of all energy resources available in the state. Dr. Tung oversees nearly 40 energy related programs including grants that benefit low-to-moderate income families, commercial and industrial entities, and residential. These programs also promote expansion of renewable energy and promotion of energy efficiency for businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Acting as a conduit for public and private energy partnerships, Dr. Tung helps to leverage state resources with private and commercial investments across a variety of energy areas such as solar energy canopies, bio-fuel projects, data center energy efficiency upgrades, combined heat and power installations, state building energy efficiency projects, and more. New programs instituted by MEA include community solar, resiliency hub program, community college energy program, the first-in-the-nation energy storage rebates, energy infrastructure program, and increased the energy-efficiency requirements for state buildings. Maryland also received recognition by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy as the "most improved" in the nation, moving up 3 points in 2019 to #7, and also in 2019, recognized MEA's low and moderate income energy efficiency program as an Exemplary Program in the Low-Income: Social Equity category.
Speaking at a variety of conferences, Dr. Tung serves as a spokesperson for Maryland, representing the state at energy innovation conferences such as Light City Energy Innovation, Microgrid 2.0, the Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Conference, and Wind Europe. She is Governor Hogan’s Alternate on the Southern States’ Energy Board, a member of the National Association of State Energy Officials Board as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Co-Director, and serves as a member of the NARUC-NASEO Task Force on Comprehensive Electricity Planning, the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Advisory Board, a Commissioner on the Maryland Climate Change Commission, a member of the Maryland Clean Energy Board, a member of the University of Maryland Energy Innovation Institute Board, a member of the Maryland Smart Growth Sub-Cabinet, a member of the TEDCO Maryland Innovation Initiative, and is a former Chair of the Appalachian States Low Level Radiation Waste Compact.
Previously, Dr. Tung served as Deputy Secretary of Operations at the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). Mary Beth helped to develop innovative solutions for the department to work more efficiently and she also oversaw the move of MEA to the MDE Baltimore headquarters.
Dr. Tung worked as a patent attorney practiced business and intellectual property law, government contract law. Previously, she was a registered patent agent specializing in biotechnology and was a biotech patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office and was an assistant professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.Mary Beth earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the
University of Cincinnati, a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Wright State University a Postdoctoral Associate in pharmacology and virology at the Yale University School of Medicine and received her J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She is a member of the Maryland bar.
She lives in Clarksville, Maryland and is married with two grown children. She enjoys sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and backpacking on the Appalachian Trail and other trails. Connect with her on LinkedIn.
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