Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency
Lisa P. Jackson is adminstrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, where she leads a staff of more than 18,000. She started with the EPA as a staff-level scientist in 1987. In 2002, Jackson joined the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and was appointed commissioner of the agency in 2006. In response to the economic downturn, she has guided the EPA in investing billions of Recovery Act dollars in cleaner communities, innovative technologies, and green jobs. As the first African-American to serve as EPA administrator, Jackson has made it a priority to expand outreach to communities that are historically underrepresented in environmental action. Jackson was named one of Newsweek’s Most Important People in 2010. In 2010 and 2011, she was on the TIME 100 list of most influential people. Essence magazine listed her in 2010 as one of 40 women who have influenced the world.