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Debbie Lowe Liang; MPH

Environmental Scientist; Environmental Justice Program,

US Environmental Protection Agency,
San Francisco, CA 94015

Debbie Lowe Liang is an environmental scientist at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 9 in San Francisco. She is currently working in the Environmental Justice Program, which works to better protect public health and the environment for the most vulnerable and most heavily impacted communities.

Her current work is geographically focused on the San Joaquin Valley in California and Hawaii and includes:

• Awarding environmental justice grants, and providing technical assistance and other support to build capacity in environmental justice communities

• Integrating EJ into enforcement, cleanups, rulemaking, and permitting to these communities

• Collaborating with the EPA headquarters, other regional offices, and partners to address environmental justice concerns

• Participating in community events, conferences, and federal, state, and local government meetings that address environmental justice

• Sharing lessons learned and tools by promoting networking among partners in community organizations and our state, tribal, local, and federal partners

• Responding to the environmental justice concerns raised by various communities

• Engaging on research on community vulnerabilities

Debbie received her Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, where she conducted research on schistosomiasis in rural China. She also holds a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the University of Southern California, and a BA from UC Berkeley in Environmental Sciences.

Debbie also spent a year in China studying mandarin Chinese at the Beijing Foreign Language Institute.



My year in the Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute has been a great experience for me. I’ve met some amazing people who are engaged in emerging environmental health issues all over the nation, and I feel very fortunate to be able to add them to my professional network. I especially appreciate the opportunity to work with a mentor who is a past graduate of the program. He has been insightful and supportive throughout the entire year to help me and the others on my team both develop our leadership skills and make progress on our projects. I’ve learned more about myself and which areas I need to work on to become a better leader. While I’ve made significant progress in this area, working with my EPHLI coach, I recognize that I have additional work to do and I’ve asked someone in my organization who has leadership qualities I admire to continue to work with me on developing my leadership skills. He happily agreed and we’ve already developed a plan for this coming year. The EPHLI staff are always helpful and responsive, and have been a pleasure to work with over the year. I am grateful for the opportunity to have participated in the EPHLI program and look forward to continuing to network with my cohort and other cohorts though the EPHLI alumni program.