Women's History Month

Women were at the forefront of the environmental movement even before the first Earth Day in 1970. Outstanding women like Rachel Carson and Hazel Johnson dedicated their lives to teaching us how toxic chemicals affect our health and the environment.

Here at EPA, women serve in numerous leadership roles and play an integral part in the agency's decision-making. Thanks to the work and dedication of our scientists, rule-makers, lawyers, and specialists, we're able to fulfill our mission and make the Earth a better place.

During Women's History Month, we're showcasing several women at EPA with diverse backgrounds and expertise. We hope these profiles will inspire others to work towards a healthier and more sustainable environment.


Profiles of featured women employees:

Lisa Donahue, Environmental Scientist
Water Protection Division
EPA Region III, Philadelphia, PA

Lisa Donahue is an enforcement team leader in our Philadelphia regional office. Read more about Lisa Donahue.

Lisa Donohue

Justina Fugh, Senior Counsel for Ethics
Office of General Counsel
Washington, DC

Justina Fugh oversees EPA's ethics program and compliance with the Hatch Act (which limits partisan political activity of federal employees). Read more about Justina Fugh.

Justina Fugh

Noha Gaber, Special Assistant to the EPA Administrator
Office of the Administrator
Washington, DC

Noha Gaber manages initiatives that connect EPA employees to compelling work, to one another, and to EPA's important mission. Read more about Noha Gaber.

Noha Gaber

Francesca Grifo, Scientific Integrity Official
Office of Research and Development
Washington, DC

Francesca Grifo is a scientist in the Office of the Science Advisor who ensures that EPA uses the best science and technology to make decisions. Read more about Francesca Grifo.

Francesca Grifo

Marva King, Program Manager
Office of Air and Radiation
Washington, DC

Marva King is currently working on a short-term assignment in the Office of Environmental Justice, leading efforts to improve the quality of life in communities burdened by environmental challenges. Read more about Marva King.

Marva King

Tanya Lawrence, Attorney Advisor
Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
Washington, DC

Tanya Lawrence provides legal advice to help agency managers resolve labor and employment issues. Learn more about Tanya Lawrence.

Tanya Lawrence

Kelly Leovic, Environmental Engineer
Office of Research and Development
Research Triangle Park, NC

Kelly Leovic manages programs to connect the needs of communities with the expertise of our employees. Learn more about Kelly Leovic.

Kelly Leovic

Edna D. Mercado, EPA Leadership Development Institute
Office of Administration and Resources Management
Washington, DC

Edna Mercado works at EPA's Leadership Institute managing employee development programs. Read more about Edna Mercado.

Edna Mercado

Carolina Peñalva-Arana, Molecular biologist
Office of Research and Development
Washington, DC

Carolina Peñalva-Arana is a scientist working at the National Center for Environmental Research at EPA headquarters. Read more about Carolina Peñalva-Arana.

Carolina Penalva-Arana, Molecular biologist

Dale H. Perry, Ph.D., Science Advisor
Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education
Washington, D.C.

Dale H. Perry is a science advisor and communicator in the Office of the Administrator at EPA headquarters who urges other young women to dream big. Read more about Dr. Dale Perry.

Dale H. Perry, Ph.D., Science Advisor

Ann Richard, Research Chemist
Office of Research and Development
Research Triangle Park, NC

Ann Richard is a lead researcher in EPA's National Center for Computational Toxicology, evaluating potentially harmful chemicals to better protect public health. Read more about Ann Richard.

Ann Richard

Sandra Rivera, MBA, EPA’s Hispanic Employment Program Manager Council Chair
Office of Water
Washington, DC

Sandra Rivera is currently on a temporary assignment as a special assistant for EPA’s Water Permits Division at EPA headquarters. Read more about Sandra Rivera.

Sandra Rivera, MBA, EPA’s Hispanic  Employment Program Manager (HEPM) Council Chair

Jean Schwab, Senior Program Analyst
Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
Washington, DC

Jean Schwab works as a senior program analyst in the Sustainable Materials Management Program to conserve resources, reduce waste and minimize the environmental impacts of the materials we use. Read more about Jean Schwab.

Jean Schwab, Senior Program Analyst

Paula Selzer, Children’s Health Coordinator
EPA Region 6
Dallas, Texas

Paula Selzer works with partners at different levels of government, academia, the private sector and community-based organizations to reduce children’s exposures to environmental health hazards. Read more about Paula Selzer.

Paula Selzer, Children’s Health Coordinator

Kathleen Stewart, Environmental Scientist
EPA Region 9
San Francisco, CA

Kathleen Stewart works on improving the air quality, indoors and outdoors, for people living in in the Pacific Southwest. Read more about Kathleen Stewart.

Kathleen Stewart, Environmental  Scientist

Maryann Suero, Environmental Health Scientist
EPA Region 5
Chicago, IL

Maryann Suero works on reducing children’s exposure to dangerous chemicals and environmental hazards in schools. Read more about Maryann Suero.

Maryann Suero, Environmental Health  Scientist