Profiles of Members of EPA's LGBT Community: Rebecca Roose
Office of International and Tribal Affairs
Where were you born?
I was born in Milford, Indiana.
What brought you to EPA?
I came to EPA with a desire to make a difference by working on national environmental policy issues.
Describe the type of work you do at EPA.
I lead the Tribal Capacity Development Team in EPA’s American Indian Environmental Office. In this role, I manage the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP), which provides funding to American Indian tribes to establish environmental programs to protect air, water and land in Indian country. GAP is EPA’s largest source of financial assistance for tribal governments. To learn more, visit EPA’s GAP homepage. I am extremely proud to be part of EPA’s tribal program that strengthens environmental and public health protection in tribal communities across the United States.
What is your highest level of education? What was your major?
I have a law degree from the University of New Mexico and a bachelor degree in geography from Valparaiso University.
When did you know you were a member of the LBGT community?
While it is difficult for me to say when I first knew, I came out to myself and others during my junior year of college.
What message would you like to send other members of the LBGT community who are considering college or a career in environmental protection?
Follow your dreams no matter what. There are no academic or career pursuits that are off-limits to an LGBT person. In my experience, working to further environmental and public health protection makes for an incredibly rewarding career.