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Profiles of African Americans at EPA: Reginald Allen

Profiles of African Americans at EPA


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Reginald Allen, 
Senior Advisor to the Acting Deputy Administrator 
Office of the Administrator 
Washington, DC

Where were you born?

New York City, NY

What brought you to EPA?

After serving 30 years as an officer of Armor and Cavalry in the United States Army, I was looking for an opportunity to continue my service in the federal government. In 2015 I had the honor to compete and be selected as the SES Director of the Office of Administrative and Executive Services (OAES) in the Office of the Administrator. 

What type of work do you do at EPA?

In my current role I support the Acting Deputy Administrator on a number of important administrative efforts and priority cross-cutting issues. Prior to my current role I served for two years as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of Administrative and Executive Services. In that role I led the great team in OAES in supporting all the Administrative functions  for the Office of the Administrator and well as supporting and/or leading some agency level initiatives.

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

I have two masters degrees one in Education from University of Louisville, and one in National Security Strategy from National Defense University, my undergrad degree was in Business Administration from North Carolina A&T State University. 

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

I believe there is nothing more important than education to improving the life’s chances for anyone, but especially people of color. I also believe that government service is as honorable a profession as there is; and that a diverse workforce that looks like the nation we serve is important. A career in government provides that opportunity to serve and help the American people. That help can be direct or indirect, but every contribution matters. As far as EPA is concerned, I tell everyone who will listen, especially former members of the military that EPA is an organization with a righteous mission. I believe protecting human health and our environment is a mission to which veterans and all Americans can relate, including people of color. I encourage anyone interested in contributing to improving our nation and our world to look here. 

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