April 25, 2019
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Director Liesl Clark today announced that Regina Strong has been named as the department’s Environmental Justice Public Advocate. The role was created under Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2019-06, which established the Office of the Environmental Justice Public Advocate within EGLE.
“I am excited to have Regina lead this new office,” Clark said. “It is an important step forward for Michigan as this administration elevates our focus on environmental justice by creating a dedicated office that will work collaboratively across state agencies to proactively engage with the community to address issues and complaints as they arise.”
Strong is the former Michigan Director for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign and brings an extensive background in advocacy and public affairs to her new role. She previously served in a variety of leadership roles, including as the executive director of Community Development Advocates of Detroit.
The executive order creating the Office of the Environmental Justice Public Advocate also established The Interagency Environmental Justice Response Team which will include the departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, Civil Rights, Health and Human Services, Natural Resources, and Transportation, as well as the Public Service Commission and Michigan Strategic Fund. As the Environmental Justice Public Advocate, Strong will serve as chair of the Response Team.
Strong holds a Master of Science degree from Purdue University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University.