Lisa P. Jackson
The road to success wasn’t easy. For the first Black woman serving as an administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, she is one of a few who can describe what it took to strive against the odds in a profession driven by men. Before assuming office in Barack Obama’s cabinet, she sought public initiatives for New Jersey for six years…and led a team of staffers to protect, restore, and preserve the environment and water-based functions. She is a testament that any women or person of color can command a public operative.