DePass, Michelle

DePass, Michelle

Michelle DePass
JD, Fordham University School of Law
MPA, Baruch College
Dean, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy; Director, Tishman Environment and Design Center; Tishman Professor of Environmental Policy and Management

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Areas of Expertise:
Environmental and energy policy, Sustainable international development, Environmental justice and social movements, Philanthropy, Community development, International organizations, Nonprofit management, Public administration
DePass joined Milano from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where she served as Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs between 2009 and 2013. In this presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed position, DePass was responsible for all dimensions of environmental policy between the EPA and other nations, federally recognized tribal nations, and multilateral institutions and donors.

Prior to joining the EPA, DePass was a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, with a portfolio focused on the environment and community development, most notably green economy and climate change, environmental health and justice and indigenous environmental rights. In her two-decade career in sustainability and public service, DePass has also served as founding Executive Director of the New York Environmental Justice Alliance, Senior Policy Advisor to the commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and environmental manager for the City of San Jose. She is a sought after civil society leader and has served on dozens of boards and advisory committees to government, NGO’s and international organizations.

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