Profiles of Members of EPA's LGBT Community: Kevin Minoli
Office of General Counsel
Where were you born?
What brought you to EPA?
Definitely the mission drew me to EPA.
Describe the type of work you do at EPA.
Currently, I am the Acting General Counsel for the EPA. In that role, I lead the Office of General Counsel (OGC) and serve as the chief legal advisor to EPA on a wide range of matters. I manage more than ten subcomponents of OGC, covering all of the legal issues that the Agency encounters. For example, I oversee the offices responsible for legal issues arising out of environmental statutes, such as the Clean Air Act, Oil Pollution Act, and the Clean Water Act, as well as the offices that handle the operational side of a government agency, including appropriations, contracts, intellectual property, alternative dispute resolution, and information law. Finally, I am the lead for two small national programs, EPA’s Ethics Program and the External Civil Rights Compliance Program.
As the people I work with have heard me say many times, however, my primary job responsibility is the “care and feeding” of the people of OGC. As such, I spend a significant amount of my time ensuring that our employees have the resources and information they need to be able to do their jobs to the best of their ability.
What is your highest level of education? What was your major?
I have a juris doctor degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
When did you know you were a member of the LBGT community?
As far back as high school, although I did not begin to come out until law school.
What message would you like to send other members of the LBGT community who are considering college or a career in environmental protection?
Public service, including a career with EPA, will provide you with opportunities to shape the environmental and human health policy of the nation that do not exist anywhere else. In particular, you will have the ability to make a meaningful contribution to the protection of human health and the environment early in your career and be able to work on a wide range of issues throughout your career. I am proud that I have been comfortable being out as a gay man at EPA since I arrived in late 2000 and that I can say that I have been evaluated solely on my ability to do my job the entire time I have been at the agency.