Apr 20, 2021

President Biden Announces EPA Office Nominations

President Joe Biden will nominate 10 members of his administration to lead on climate and transportation issues across agencies including The Environmental Protection Agency.

 

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President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate 10 members of his administration to lead on climate and transportation matters across key agencies on Apr. 14.

These agencies include the Department of Energy, Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Department of Transportation, according to The White House press release.  

Radhika Fox, EPA Office of Water Assistant Administrator Nominee

The nominee for Assistant Administrator for Water for EPA is Radhika Fox.

President Biden appointed Radhika Fox to the position of principal deputy assistant administrator for Water at the EPA on Jan. 20, 2021. Fox currently serves as the acting assistant administer for Water, helping to ensure that drinking water is safe, wastewater is safely returned to the environment, and surface waters are properly managed and protected.

Prior to joining EPA, Fox served as chief executive officer for the US Water Alliance and previously directed the policy and government affairs agenda for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. 

She also served as the federal policy director at PolicyLink, where she coordinated the organization’s policy agenda on issues including: infrastructure investment, transportation, sustainable communities, economic inclusion, and workforce development, according to the White House press release.

Fox holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was a HUD Community Development Fellow.

The other nominees for EPA tapped by President Biden include: 

  • Faisal Amin for chief financial officer for EPA;
  • And Michal Freedhoff for assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution protection for EPA
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Faisal Amin, EPA CFO Nominee

Faisal Amin currently serves as deputy director of the office of administration in the executive office of the President. Amin worked on the executive office of the president management and administration agency review team, as well as the vetting operations team on the Biden-Harris Transition. 

During the Obama-Biden Administration he served as cfo of the executive office of the president. Amin spent the majority of his career as an appropriations attorney at the U.S. government accountability office, assisting with the development and advocating for EPA’s fiscal year 2020 appropriation. Amin earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and his law degree at the University of Arizona. 

Michal Ilana Freedhoff, EPA Assistant Administrator For Chemical Safety & Pollution Protection Nominee

Michal Ilana Freedhoff currently serves as the principal deputy assistant administrator of the office of chemical safety and pollution prevention at the EPA. 

With more than 20 years of government experience, she most recently served as the minority director of oversight for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. She began her congressional service in 1996 in then-congressman Ed Markey’s office as a congressional science and engineering fellow after receiving a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of Rochester.  

Her legislative work includes the 2016 reauthorization of the Toxic Substances Control Act, 2019 legislation to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination, the fuel economy provisions in the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, and a law requiring the creation of an online database of potential consumer product safety defects. 

Freedhoff has also served on the staffs of the House Science Committee, the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee, according to The White House press release.  

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