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Lisa P. Jackson

Lisa P. Jackson

Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

As EPA’s Administrator, Lisa P. Jackson leads a staff of approximately 18,000 professionals dedicated to protecting the public health and environment of all Americans.

She was nominated to lead the Agency by President Barack Obama on December 15, 2008, and confirmed by the United States Senate on January 23, 2009. Jackson was born in Pennsylvania and grew up a proud resident of New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the first African American to serve as EPA Administrator.

Administrator Jackson lists among her priorities reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality, managing chemical risks, cleaning up hazardous waste sites, and protecting America’s water. Before becoming EPA’s Administrator, Jackson served as chief of staff to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine. In 2006, she was appointed by Governor Corzine to be Commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.

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