National African American History Month

During the month of February, the United States pays tribute to the rich ancestry and contributions of Americans of African descent to our nation.

This year, we highlight some of our African American employees who protect human health and the environment every day. While science is at the root of our decision-making process, we need employees with a variety of backgrounds, expertise and skills to fulfill our mission. We hope that these profiles inspire others interested in protecting human health and advancing environmental protection.

Presidential Proclamation – National African American Heritage Month, 2014


Profiles of featured African American employees:

Kevin J. Bailey, Congressional Liaison
Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations
Washington, DC

I handle air issues, working with Congress. Read more about Kevin J. Bailey.

Beverly Banister, Director
Air, Pesticides and Toxics Management Division
Atlanta, GA (EPA Region 4)

I lead EPA professionals in delivering clean air and safe chemical programs to the eight southeastern states in our region. Read more about Beverly Banister.

Denise Benjamin-Sirmons, Director
Office of Diversity, Advisory Committee Management and Outreach
Office of Administration and Resources Management
Washington, DC

I'm the senior executive responsible for diversity issues in EPA's workforce. Read more about Denise Benjamin-Sirmons.

Shakeba Carter-Jenkins, Public Engagement Specialist
Office of Public Affairs
Washington, DC

I work on public outreach activities as they relate to health. Read more about Shakeba Carter-Jenkins.

Carlton Eley, Senior Environmental Protection Specialist
Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
Washington, DC

I am the agency's leading expert on the topic of equitable development. Read more about Carlton Eley.

Carlos Evans, Attorney Advisor
Office of the Administrator
Washington, DC

I am an EPA attorney advisor focusing on environmental justice issues. Read more about Carlos Evans.

Leslye Fraser, Environmental Appeals Judge
Office of Administration and Resources Management
Washington, DC

I make decisions on appeals of enforcement and permitting decisions. Read more about Leslye Fraser.

Sharon Hilliard, Human Resources Specialist
Office of Administration and Resources Management
Washington, DC

I manage the Human Resources system changes and related contracts at EPA. Read more about Sharon Hilliard.

Brandon Jones, Assistant Center Director
Office of Research and Development
Washington, DC

I'm the lead for EPA's research fellowship programs. Read more about Brandon Jones.

Brian Long, Acting Director
Office of Acquisition Management
Office of Administration and Resource Management
Washington, DC

I am responsible for awarding contracts and overseeing EPA's purchases for goods, materials and professional services. Read more about Brian Long.

Jonathan Newton, Attorney Advisor
Office of the Administrator
Washington, DC

I coordinate requests under the Freedom of Information Act, which guarantees Americans access to government information. Read more about Jonathan Newton.

Devon Payne-Sturges, Environmental Health Scientist
Office of Research and Development
Washington, DC

I manage EPA's funding for human health research and also work on environmental health disparities issues. Read more about Devon Payne-Sturges.

Nigel Simon, Director
Office of Program Management
Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
Washington, DC

I work on long-term strategic planning on cross-cutting issues and information management in the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. Read more about Nigel Simon.

Vicki Simons, Senior Advisor
Office of Water
Washington, DC

I work on diversity issues in the Office of Water in Washington, DC. Read more about Vicki Simons.

Tracy White, Program Analyst
Office of Administration and Resources Management
Washington, DC

I work on improving diversity and inclusion efforts at EPA. Read more about Tracy White.

Helena Wooden-Aguilar, Acting Deputy Director
Office of Civil Rights
Washington, DC

I help manage civil rights issues throughout EPA. Read more about Helena Wooden-Aguilar.

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