Lisa P Jackson

Born:February 8, 1962 (age 58)
Career:Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, 2009-2013
Chief of staff to governor of New Jersey, 2008-2009
New Jersey commissioner of environmental protection, 2006-2008
Education:Tulane University
Princeton University

Lisa Perez Jackson served as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from January 2009 to February 2013, the first African-American to serve in that position.

Jackson was born February 8, 1962, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University and earned a master's degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University.

Jackson started with the EPA as a staff-level scientist in 1987 and spent the majority of her career working in EPA's Region 2 office in New York. In 2002, she joined the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and was appointed commissioner of the agency in 2006. As the first African-American to serve as EPA administrator, Jackson made it a priority to expand outreach to communities that are historically under-represented in environmental action. The EPA stepped up protection for vulnerable groups including children, the elderly, and low-income communities that are particularly susceptible to environmental and health threats. Jackson was instrumental in many of the EPA response programs, including the EPA action on climate change and the deep water BP oil spill.

After leaving the EPA, Jackson joined Apple Inc. as their environmental director.