The African-American Environmentalist blog has reported on discussions suggesting that Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo might be a pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Dr. Coleman-Adebayo joined the EPA as an African affairs specialist in 1990. She has 18 years experience at the agency and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 1996, she blew the whistle on an American company harming the South African environment with its vanadium mining. She suffered harassment and discrimination, and she blew the whistle on that, too. In 2000, a federal jury awarded her $600,000 in damages. When the EPA had the Department of Justice pay the award, she founded the No FEAR Coalition and helped enact the "Notification of Federal Employees Anti-discrimination and Retaliation Act," the first Civil Rights Law of the 21st Century. Dr. Coleman- Adebayo is also a Board Member of the National Whistleblower Center.
"Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo would be an excellent administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)," says the African American Environmentalist blog.
The blog continues:
Dr. Coleman-Adebayo is bipartisan and worked with Republicans (James Sensenbrenner and John Warner) and Democrats (Sheila Jackson-Lee and Joe Lieberman) to get national legislation passed [NO FEAR Act of 2002], which was signed by President Bush on May 15, 2002. Either Senator Barack Obama or Senator John McCain would be well served to appoint Dr. Adebayo as EPA administrator when one of them becomes president.
We are only too happy to agree.