Women Fighting For Communities of Color: Heather McTeer Toney

Graphic by Annabel Dirussi for ODP

Heather McTeer Toney is an American lawyer, politician, and environmental activist and served as the first African-American and female mayor of Greenville, MS. In 2014, Toney was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Regional Administrator for the EPA’s Southeast Region. And since then she’s continued her work, first leading the Moms Clean Air Force and currently serving as an environmental justice liaison for Environmental Defense Fund.

Toney has been a tireless advocate for underserved communities and has pushed to hold polluters accountable for the damage they cause vulnerable population groups. She’s also a proponent of using the Civil Rights Act to better protect low-income and communities of color from pollution and climate change.

Check out our interview with Heather about how environmental justice can be addressed while our nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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