A lifelong learner and advocate, Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome was appointed on May 5, 2022 to be the senior director for environmental justice for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). In this role, Dr. White-Newsome advises CEQ’s chair on environmental justice policy and helps advance the Biden-Harris Administration’s bold and historic commitment to leverage the force of the full federal government in advancing environmental justice.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. White-Newsome has tackled environmental challenges from a wide range of positions and perspectives, including in the grassroots environmental justice movement, environmental philanthropy, state government, private industry, and academia.
Dr. White-Newsome earned a PhD in environmental health sciences from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Southern Methodist University, a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University, and a certificate in diversity and inclusion from Cornell University. She has served as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health and has been recognized by Grist and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters for her environmental justice advocacy. In 2022, she was named the Crain’s Detroit Most Notable Leader in Sustainability.