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Profiles of African Americans at EPA: Helena Wooden-Aguilar

Profiles of African Americans at EPA

Helena Wooden-Aguilar

Helena Wooden-Aguilar, Acting Deputy Chief of Staff
Office of the Administrator
Washington, DC

Where were you born?

Philadelphia, PA.

What brought you to EPA?

I came to the agency to work on environmental policy issues with colleagues that shared the same goals.

What type of work do you do at EPA?

I am the Acting Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of Administrator. In this roll I am the designated Senior Resource Official, Senior Information Official, and Deputy Civil Rights Official for the Office of the Administrator. I also serve in various leadership roles for a range of agency-wide initiatives and programs.

What is your highest level of education? What was your major?

I have a juris doctor (JD) in environmental law and policy.

What message would you like to send other Black/African Americans who are considering college or a career in environmental protection?

I would strongly encourage them to consider a career in environmental protection. I am extremely happy that I made this career choice. I love what I do and I love being surrounded by people who love what they do. It truly is the best place to work!

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