Environmental Protection Agency

Council Member: Gina McCarthy, Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Council Designee: Gwendolyn Keyes-Fleming, Chief of Staff, Office of the Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming serves as Chief of Staff to the Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  She works directly with the Administrator in overseeing policy and management priorities of the Agency, including protecting and conserving our air, water and land resources.  In September 2010, President Obama appointed Ms. Keyes Fleming to serve as the Regional Administrator for EPA’s Region 4 – making her the first African American to hold this position in the Region.  This was not, however, the first time she had made history.

In January 2005, Ms. Keyes Fleming took office as the DeKalb County (Georgia) District Attorney (DA) becoming both the first African American and the first woman ever to serve in this post.

Some of Ms. Keyes Fleming’s key initiatives as DA included the creation of a pre-trial diversion program; the expansion of victim support services; the dedication of resources that focus on crimes against women, white-collar crime, gang violence, and truancy among teens; and the creation of Just Us G.A.L.S. – Girls Achieving Leadership and Success – which was an annual teen mentoring workshop.

Prior to her election as the DeKalb County DA, Ms. Keyes Fleming served as the County’s Solicitor General, beginning in January 1999. She made history in this post as the first African American, first woman and the youngest person ever elected as Solicitor General in DeKalb County.

Ms. Keyes Fleming is a New Jersey native.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Douglass College, which at the time, was the all women’s college at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and earned her law degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia.  Ms. Fleming was inducted into the Douglass College Alumna Hall of Fame and is the youngest alumna to be so honored in the college's history.

Council Designee: Faith Rogers, Deputy White House Liaison, Office of the Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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