A New Yorker with ties to New Jersey, Lisa Flavia Garcia, will be the new Region 2 Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Biden administration announced today.
Garcia worked for U.S. Senator Bob Torricelli and State Sen. Byron Baer (D-Englewood) and is a former Rutgers law professor. She served as associate EPA administrator under Lisa Jackson and as an assistant New York Attorney General and EarthJustice official.
“Lisa’s leadership will be instrumental to EPA’s work addressing the complicated intersection of environmental and economic challenges in Region 2,” said EPA Administrator Michael Regan. “She brings a wealth of experience in fighting for climate justice and equity that will be invaluable as we deliver on our mission to protect communities from Puerto Rico to the U.S. Virgin Islands, and in New Jersey and New York, from pollution.”
The decision to name Garcia comes three months after a large group of New Jersey environmental activists asked Biden to name a New Jerseyan to the post.
A New Jersey Democrat has not held the EPA Region 2 post since Bill Clinton was president. The post has been held by New Yorkers for the last twelve years.