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Maryland Hosts EPA’s Matt Tejada for The Future of Environmental Justice Work at the EPA and Beyond

When: April 21, 2016, 12:00 pm—2:00 pm

Where: School of Public Health, room 2236

The Initiative on Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health (CEEJH) at the University of Maryland School of Public Health will host guest speaker Matt Tejada, Director, US EPA Office of Environmental Justice. Dr. Sacoby Wilson, assistant professor in the School of Public Health’s Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, annually hosts an environmental justice leader to discuss current EJ issues that impact communities and how health agencies and communities are partnering to address them.

Matthew S. Tejada joined the EPA in March of 2013 as Director of the Office of Environmental Justice within the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. As Director, Matthew leads the Office of Environmental Justice in working with communities, other EPA divisions, federal agencies, and state, local and tribal partners to further the mission of the EPA and the goals of the Office of Environmental Justice.

Matthew joined the EPA after spending over five years in the non-profit world as executive director of the environmental advocacy Air Alliance Houston, where he focused his efforts on environmental justice issues affecting the many overburdened communities in the Houston and Texas Gulf Coast area, region-wide ozone reduction policies and alleviation of toxic and particulate matter hotspots. In this position, Matthew was also centrally involved in local, state and federal level legislative and policy formation as regards environmental and public health issues. Matthew received his Doctorate and Master’s degrees from the University of Oxford where he was a member of St. Antony’s College. His research and dissertations largely focused on environmental and energy policy, international relations, politics and the development and role of civil society. Prior to his graduate education, Matthew received a BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin, then served two years in the Peace Corps in Bulgaria as a high school teacher of English as a foreign language. Matthew is a native of Ft. Worth, Texas.