Janet Coit

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Janet Coit
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Rhode Island Director of Environmental Management
In office
January 2011-Present
Years in position 4
Base salary$108,460
Elections and appointments
AppointedNovember 30, 2010
Appointed byGov. Lincoln Chafee (I)
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sDartmouth College
J.D.Stanford Law School
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Janet Coit is the current Rhode Island Director of Environmental Management.[1] Coit assumed office in January 2011 after being appointed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee.[2]


Before coming to the Department of Environmental Management, Coit worked for 10 years at The Nature Conservancy, one of the world's leading environmental nonprofits.[3] She most recently served as that organization's Rhode Island state director, where she oversaw some of Rhode Island's largest land conservation projects.[3] Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, she was counsel and environmental coordinator in the Providence office of the late state senator John Chafee and, subsequently, then-state senator Lincoln Chafee.[3]


  • B.A., Dartmouth College
  • J.D., Stanford Law School[3]

Political career

Director of Environmental Management (2011-Present)

Coit assumed office in January 2011 after being appointed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee.[4]



Coit was appointed as Rhode Island Director of Environmental Management by Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) on November 30, 2010.

Chafee stated, “Janet, with more than 20 years of experience working on environmental issues, is fully qualified to lead that effort. She understands, as I do, that smart, sound economic growth and environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive."[5]


Coit and her husband have two children and live in the East Bay area.

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