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Profiles of Members of EPA's LGBT Community

At EPA, we protect human health and the environment every day. EPA’s diverse workforce, which includes a wide range of specialists—scientists, lawyers, economists, emergency responders, managers and communicators—brings a balance of perspectives to bear on every challenge we face.

EPA's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees serve in numerous leadership roles and play an integral part in the agency's decision-making. The diversity of their expertise, heritage, and talents make the agency stronger. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, we fulfill our mission to protect public health and the environment for present and future generations.

Profiles of Members of EPA's LGBT Community

Sherry Banks, Life Scientist
Office of Site Remediation and Restoration
Boston, MA (EPA Region 1)
I wear many hats. My duties include coordinating and performing emergency response actions to manmade, industrial, and natural disasters. Read more about Sherry Banks.
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Charlena Bowling, Environmental Protection Specialist
Office of Research and Development
Cincinnati, OH

I’m a Public Affairs Specialist with the National Risk Management Research Laboratory’s communications team. Read more about Charlena Bowling.

Charlena Bowling

Javier Laureano, Division Director
Clean Water Division, Region 2
New York City

I lead a wonderful and talented team of nearly 80 professionals who work, among others, with 60,000 miles of rivers and streams, the ports of San Juan and New York/New Jersey Harbor, Lake Ontario, Niagara Falls, and the St. Lawrence Seaway. Read more about Javier Laureano.

Javier Laureano

Mari Lee, Physical Scientist
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics
Washington DC (Headquarters)

I conduct chemical risk assessments for both new and existing chemicals in U.S. commerce. Read more about Mari Lee.

Mari Lee

Mahri Monson, Environmental Protection Specialist
Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
Washington, DC

I help protect our waters by ensuring that stakeholders at all levels comply with U.S. environmental laws. I also encourage sustainable practices. Read more about Mahri Monson.

Mahri Monson

Andrew Reighart, Clean Air Markets Policy Analyst
Office of Atmospheric Programs
Washington, DC

I work to implement the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and the Acid Rain Program to reduce power plant pollution and meet the Clean Air Act’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Read more about Andrew Reighart.

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Bob Sachs, Environmental Scientist
Office of Policy, IO
Washington, DC
During my career at EPA I have worked on a wide range of issues, from authoring regulations for hazardous waste to developing an environmental code of conduct for ski areas in the U.S. Read more about Bob Sachs.
Bob Sachs

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