TITLE: Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet
SPEAKER: Lisa Perez Jackson
EVENT DATE: 03/05/2009
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 25 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
To honor women who have taken the lead in the environmental or "green" movement, the National Women's History Project has chosen "Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet" as the 2009 theme for National Women's History Month. In keeping with the theme, the Library invited Administrator Lisa Perez Jackson of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver its keynote address.
Speaker Biography: Lisa Perez Jackson, the first African American to head the EPA, was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate on Jan. 23, 2009. As head of the EPA, Jackson manages a staff of approximately 18,000 professionals dedicated to protecting the public health and environment for all Americans. Born in Pennsylvania, Jackson was raised in New Orleans. A summa cum laude graduate of Tulane University's School of Chemical Engineering, Jackson earned a master's degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University. She began her career at EPA, where she worked for 16 years, initially at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., and later at its regional office in New York City. She joined New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection in 2002, serving as assistant commissioner for compliance and enforcement, and as assistant commissioner for land-use management. New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine appointed her as the department's commissioner in 2006. Prior to her recent appointment at EPA, Jackson served as Corzine's chief of staff.