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LCV Statement on CEQ’s Appointment of Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome

May 5, 2022

Contact: Emily Samsel,, 828-713-9647

Washington, D.C. – In response to the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) announcement that Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome will be the new Senior Director of Environmental Justice at CEQ, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) issued the following statement from Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld:

“The Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to advancing environmental justice is more important than ever and we are thrilled that Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome will take on this historic role at CEQ to help deliver a more just and equitable future for all. Dr. White-Newsome brings deep experience across academia, philanthropy, and community advocacy. Her impressive impact earned her Michigan Conservation Voters’ Advocate of the Year in 2017 when they said her work, ‘should serve as a blueprint for equitable policymaking going forward.’ We look forward to working with Dr. White-Newsome to ensure the successful implementation of the Justice40 Initiative and the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool, advance a full suite of improvements to the National Environmental Policy Act, and enact a whole of government approach to safeguarding communities of color and advancing environmental and climate justice.”

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