(Photo: By Eric Vance, EPA photographer via
Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, will deliver the commencement address at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine diploma ceremony.
Jackson, a 1983 summa cum laude graduate of Tulane University, heads the agency’s efforts to protect the health and environment for all Americans. In that capacity, she leads a staff of more than 18,000 to address health threats from pollution in our air and water and on land, and is working to develop a thriving green economy,
Lisa Jackson met several SPHTM staffers during the
Tulane Wave of Green in August 2010.
Pictured from left to right: Lisa Jackson, Susan Barosse,
Dee Boling, Marilyn Norton, Susan Barerra. (Photo by: Sally Asher)
A chemical engineering major at Tulane, Ms. Jackson also holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University. She brings her training as a scientist to her role as EPA administrator, using the best science as “the backbone for EPA programs,” she says.
As the first African American to serve as EPA administrator, Jackson has made it a priority to expand outreach to communities that are historically under-represented in environmental action. These efforts have included the federal response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in the spring of 2010, which impacted the region Jackson calls home. She has dedicated the agency to both short- and long-term recovery efforts from the oil spill.
Numerous organizations have lauded Jackson for her work, and she has ranked in Newsweek’s “Most Important People,” Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and Essence Magazine’s “40 Women Who Have Influenced the World.”
A native New Orleanian, Jackson grew up in the Pontchartrain Park neighborhood and welcomes the opportunity to return to the Crescent City. In 2010, she leant a hand in the university’s “Wave of Green” service day for Tulane employees, helping President Scott Cowen plant crape myrtles in New Orleans City Park.
The SPHTM diploma ceremony will take place Saturday, May 19, at 1:00pm in Dixon Hall on the uptown campus.