Former EPA leader Lisa Jackson joins Tulane board

August 19, 2013

Michael Strecker
Phone: 504-314-2603


Lisa Jackson delivered the keynote address at the Tulane University Commencement in 2012.

Environmental Protection Agency administrator and Tulane graduate Lisa Jackson has joined the Board of Tulane, the university’s main governing body.  

“We are delighted to welcome someone of Lisa Jackson’s national stature and local ties to our board,” Tulane President Scott Cowen said,  “She is a leading authority in so many areas that are vital to Tulane and New Orleans.”  

Jackson, a native of New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Tulane. She went on to earn a master of science degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University before joining the EPA as a staff-level scientist in 1987. 

In 2009 she was named administrator of the EPA, the first African-American and only the fourth woman to hold that position. She served as EPA administrator until February 2013.  As leader of the EPA, Jackson focused on vulnerable groups including children, the elderly and low-income communities that are particularly susceptible to environmental and health threats. Today she is vice president of Environmental Initiatives at Apple. 

 “To be able to serve the university I love in the city I love is a remarkable new phase in my life’s journey,” Jackson said. “The efforts of Scott Cowen and the Board of Tulane have greatly increased educational opportunities for students from pre-K through the university level in my hometown. It is exciting to join this effort.”  

Throughout her career Jackson has maintained her connections to Tulane.  In 2010 she joined Cowen in planting trees in City Park as part of the Tulane’s Day of Service.  She was also the keynote speaker at Tulane’s John J. Witmeyer III Dean’s Colloquium in 2009 and headlined the 15th annual Tulane Law School Summit on Environmental Law and Policy in 2010.  In 2012 she was the keynote speaker and an honorary degree recipient at Tulane’s Unified Commencement.

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