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John J. Witmeyer III Dean’s Colloquium 2009

Lisa P. Jackson

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
2:30 p.m.
“From the Green Wave to a Greener Future”
Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center
Reception to follow

Lisa JacksonEPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, a summa cum laude graduate of Tulane’s Chemical Engineering program (class of ’83), leads the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to protect the health and environment of all Americans. She and a staff of more than 17,000 professionals are working across the nation to usher in a green economy, address health threats from toxins and pollution, and renew public trust in EPA’s work. As the guest of the John J. Witmeyer III Dean’s Colloquium, she will discuss the challenges she faces in her current position, as well as the Tulane education that prepared her for her career.

As Administrator, Jackson has pledged to focus on core issues of protecting air and water quality, preventing exposure to toxic

contamination in our communities, and reducing greenhouse gases. She has promised that all of EPA’s efforts will follow the best science, adhere to the rule of law, and be implemented with unparalleled transparency.

Jackson is the first African-American to serve as EPA Administrator. She has made it a priority to focus on vulnerable groups including children, the elderly, and low-income communities that are particularly susceptible to environmental and health threats. In addressing these and other issues, she has promised all stakeholders a place at the decision-making table.

Before becoming EPA’s Administrator, Jackson served as Chief of Staff to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine and Commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Prior to joining DEP, she worked for 16 years as an employee of the U.S. EPA.

After graduating from Tulane, Jackson earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University. She was born in Pennsylvania and grew up a proud resident of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Jackson now resides in Washington D.C. She is married to Kenny Jackson and is the proud mother of two sons, Marcus and Brian.

Free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Cocurricular Programs. 865-5728.

Previous Dean’s Colloquia
2016-17 Dean's Colloquium: Roger Ervin
2015-16 Dean’s Colloquium: Steven Paul
2014-15 Dean’s Colloquium: Meria Carstarphen
2013-14 Dean's Colloquium: Alex McMurray
2012-13 Dean's Colloquium: Attorney Ira Sorkin
2011-12 Dean's Colloquium: NASA Astronaut Doug Hurley
2010-11 Dean's Colloquium: Actor Bryan Batt
2008-09 Dean's Colloquium: NPR Correspondent Gwen Thompkins
2007-08 Dean’s Colloquium: Appraiser and “History Detectives” star Elyse Luray