ALUMNI VIDEO: LISA JACKSON *86
As administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson *86 leads the nation’s efforts to regulate pollution. The first African-American to head the EPA, she has made environmental justice a centerpiece of her agency’s mission.
Shortly after she was appointed by President Barack Obama to lead the EPA, The New York Times wrote that “less than a month into the job, and with only a skeleton staff, Lisa Jackson … has engineered an astonishing turnaround.”
When a graduate student in chemical engineering at Princeton, Jackson researched groundwater contamination, work that led to her to focus her engineering skills on addressing pollution. Jackson is former chief of staff to New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine. She joined New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection in 2002, serving as the agency’s commissioner from 2006 to 2008. Before that she worked for 16 years for the EPA.
Film by Michael E. Wood