Office of the Environmental Justice Public Advocate
The Office of the Environmental Justice Public Advocate was created by Governor Whitmer's Executive Order 2019-06 to serve as a external and internal voice to ensure environmental justice throughout the state. The office establishes and implements processes and reporting of environmental justice complaints and assists with resolution of issues. The Environmental Justice Public Advocate leads the state's Interagency Environmental Justice Response Team.
Environmental Justice Public Advocate Regina Strong leads the Office of the Environmental Justice Public Advocate. For more than 30 years, she has been a leader in public affairs, advocacy and the fight for justice and equity. Prior to her current position, she served as the Director of the Sierra Club's Michigan Beyond Coal Campaign. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University, as well as a Master of Science degree from Purdue University. Regina earned her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America and is also a Senior Fellow in the Great Lakes Region for the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP).
|Environmental Justice and Tribal Liaison Katie Kruse completed her M.S. in Environmental Policy with a focus on environmental justice from Michigan Technological University in 2005. Soon after graduation she began working for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) where she worked for 11 years as an Environmental Specialist. Her work with KBIC, a tribal government, focused on environmental policy and program development including various environmental disciplines such as water quality, air quality, waste management, brownfields, and human and environmental health. Katie was hired in January 2018 for her current position with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.|