Profiles of African Americans at EPA: Helena Wooden-Aguilar
Helena Wooden-Aguilar, Acting Deputy Chief of Staff
Office of the Administrator
Where were you born?
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!