EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson to speak at Rowan CommencementApril 16, 2010
EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson is the first African American to lead the federal agency.
Lisa P. Jackson, the first African-American to serve as administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, will give the address at the undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 14, at 10 a.m. on the University Green.
As EPA administrator, Jackson leads a staff of approximately 18,000 professionals dedicated to protecting the nation's public health and environment. Jackson was appointed to her Cabinet level position by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate on Jan. 23, 2009.
Jackson worked for New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for six years. She served as the DEP's commissioner from 2006-'08. Before joining the DEP, Jackson worked for 16 years with the EPA in Washington, D.C. and New York City.
Earlier this year, Rolling Stone magazine called Jackson the EPA's "most progressive chief ever-and one of the most powerful members of Obama's Cabinet." Newsweek magazine named her among the 10 most important people in 2010.
Jackson earned her bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Tulane University's School of Chemical Engineering. She earned her master's degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University.
For information about Commencement, visit www.rowan.edu/commencement.