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About the Assistant Administrator of EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance

Cynthia Giles

Cynthia Giles
Cynthia Giles

Assistant Administrator Cynthia Giles leads EPA’s efforts to enforce our nation’s environmental laws and advance environmental justice. Giles has committed EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance to three goals:

1.  Tough civil and criminal enforcement for violations that threaten communities and the environment, with a particular emphasis on addressing the problems of communities overburdened with pollution;

2.  Next-Generation Compliance: achieve greater compliance and reduce pollution using advanced monitoring and information technologies; and

3.  Strong EPA/state/tribal environmental protection: work together toward shared environmental goals.

Giles has more than 30 years of service in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She prosecuted civil violations of environmental laws as an Assistant United States Attorney in Philadelphia, led the water protection program for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, served as the Director of Enforcement Coordination for EPA Region 3, and before returning to EPA, was the Director of the Conservation Law Foundation's Advocacy Center in Rhode Island, where she advocated for laws and policies to combat climate change and promote clean energy.

Giles has a BA from Cornell University, a JD from the University of California at Berkeley and an MPA from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.