Lisa Garcia joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in January, serving as the Administrator’s Senior Advisor on environmental Justice, and the Associate Assistant Administrator for the Office of Environmental Justice. Ms. Garcia helps to elevate environmental justice (EJ) issues to the highest levels of the Agency and works closely with all programs to integrate and strengthen all of EPA’s EJ initiatives. Ms. Garcia’s work promotes meaningful working relationships with EJ communities and builds strong partnerships to address some of the country’s most persistent environmental challenges. Previously, Ms. Garcia served as the Chief Advocate for Environmental Justice and Equity at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and co-chair of the Governor’s Environmental Justice Interagency Task Force. Ms. Garcia also served as Assistant Attorney General for the New York State Attorney General, where she represented various state agencies in environmental litigation matters and defended New York’s Brownfields Cleanup Program.