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Profiles of Women of EPA: Marva King

Profiles of Women of EPA

Marva King

Marva King, Senior Policy Advisor
Office of Environmental Justice
Washington, DC

Where were you born?

Bainbridge, MD.

What brought you to EPA?

While writing a graduate research paper on environmental policy at the University of Delaware, I discovered the concerns associated with environmental injustices in local communities. I immediately changed my career completely. At that time, I was working at the Department of the Navy Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Philadelphia, Pa. I obtained an interagency detail (a short-term assignment) to work at EPA through OPM's Women's Leadership Program. During this assignment, I joined the newly formed Office of Environmental Justice under its first Director, Dr. Clarice Gaylord.  Dr. Gaylord hired me two months later.

What type of work do you do at EPA?

Dr. King currently is the Senior Policy Advisor to the Director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ). Previously, Dr. King worked in the Office of Air and Radiation as their Environmental Justice (EJ) Coordinator and served as the main point of contact for the Agency’s Community Action for a Renewed Environment Program. Historically, she worked in OEJ managing the first EJ Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program and the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. Her connections include stakeholders from community groups, business/industry, state/local/tribal government, academia, non-governmental organizations, and federal agencies. Awards include the 2016 Administrator Gold Medal for the Clean Power Plan, 2015 Bronze Medal for the Community Involvement Conference, 2010 Gold Medal for the EPA CARE Program, and the 2010 Child Health Advocate Award.

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

I have a Ph.D. in public policy from George Mason University, where I wrote a dissertation on effective and sustainable community collaboration. 

What message would you like to send other women who are considering college or a career in environmental protection?

Perseverance is the key.  Ethical integrity should be established early in your career and maintained.  Education is the way!

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