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Posted on: August 26, 2021

EPA Names Gradisar to Local Government Advisory Committee

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Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC), including Mayor Nicholas Gradisar. The 39-member LGAC will include 20 women, 16 people of color, and representation from 30 different states, Tribal nations, and U.S. territories, representing a diverse cross-section of cities, counties, towns, and communities across the United States.

“I’m honored to welcome this diverse, highly qualified group of local leaders who will bring valuable insight and experience to the Agency,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “EPA is counting on their input and collaboration to help achieve our mission to protect public health and the environment in every zip code. From tackling climate change to advancing environmental justice, we need local partners at the table to address our most pressing environmental challenges.”

Mayor Gradisar of Pueblo, Colorado said, “I am honored to have been selected to serve on this nationwide committee. I represent the City of Pueblo, and it is clear to me that Pueblo’s interactions with the EPA will provide a solid foundation in serving on this committee. Pueblo’s goals and challenges align with those of most cities throughout the nation and I know our community involvement with the EPA will be useful to my work.”

EPA received more than 150 nominations following a solicitation in March 2021.

Appointments to the LGAC include:

  • The Honorable Leirion Gaylor Baird, Mayor, Lincoln, NE
  • The Honorable Ras Baraka, Mayor, Newark, NJ
  • The Honorable James Brainard, Mayor, Carmel, IN
  • Mr. Gary Brown, Director of Water and Sewerage Department, Detroit, MI
  • The Honorable Deborah Cherry, Treasurer, Genesee County, MI
  • The Honorable Melissa Cribbins, Commissioner, Coos County, OR*
  • The Honorable José Carlos Aponte Dalmau, Mayor, Carol̒ina, PR*
  • The Honorable Megan Dunn, Councilmember, Snohomish County, WA
  • The Honorable Mark Fox, Chairman, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nations (MHA), New Town, ND*
  • Mr. Brian Fulton, County Administrator, Jackson County, MS*
  • The Honorable Nick Gradisar, Mayor, Pueblo, CO
  • The Honorable Evan Hansen, House Delegate, State of West Virginia*
  • Mr. Chad Harsha, Secretary of Natural Resources, Cherokee Nation
  • The Honorable Timothy “Zane” Hedgecock, Mayor Pro Tem, Wallburg, NC
  • The Honorable Deana Holiday Ingraham, Mayor, East Point, GA
  • The Honorable Ella Jones, Mayor, Ferguson, MO
  • The Honorable Kelly King, Councilmember, Maui County, HI
  • The Honorable Christine Lowery, Commissioner, Cibola County, NM
  • The Honorable Rachel May, State Senator, Syracuse, NY
  • The Honorable Melissa McKinlay, Commissioner, Palm Beach County, FL
  • The Honorable Julian McTizic, Mayor, Bolivar, TN
  • Mr. Alex Morse, Town Manager, Provincetown, MA
  • The Honorable Douglas Nicholls, Mayor, Yuma, AZ
  • The Honorable Ron Nirenberg, Mayor, San Antonio, TX
  • The Honorable Neil O’Leary, Mayor, Waterbury, CT
  • Ms. Deborah Raphael, Director, Environmental Department, San Francisco, CA
  • The Honorable Satya Rhodes-Conway, Mayor, Madison, WI
  • The Honorable Katherine Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember, Philadelphia, PA
  • The Honorable Deborah Robertson, Mayor, Rialto, CA
  • The Honorable Michael Scuse, Secretary of Agriculture, State of Delaware
  • Ms. Valinda Shirley, Executive Director, EPA, Navajo Nation
  • The Honorable Sylvester Turner, Mayor, Houston, TX
  • The Honorable Lucy Vinis, Mayor, Eugene, OR
  • Ms. Lisa Wong, Town Manager, Winchester, MA*

*Indicates reappointment

Background
Chartered in 1993 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Local Government Advisory Committee provides independent policy advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of issues affecting local governments. The Small Community Advisory Subcommittee was established by EPA in 1996 to advise the Administrator on environmental issues of concern to the residents of smaller communities.

For more information about the LGAC, please visit  https://www.epa.gov/ocir/local-government-advisory-committee-lgac.

For more information about the SCAS, please visit:  https://www.epa.gov/ocir/small-community-advisory-subcommittee-scas.

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