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On Friday, President Joe Biden’s top environmental justice official left the administration less than one full year into his presidency.

Cecilia Martinez, a 2020 Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People recipient, told the Associated Press that she’s leaving the White House to “rest and be with her family,” joining millions in the “Great Resignation” spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. Martinez, who is leaving her post as the senior director for environmental justice at the Council on Environmental Quality, has largely been credited with shaping much of Biden’s environmental justice aspirations. In 2020, she helped develop then-candidate Joe Biden’s environmental goals and since his election, she has helped push the administration to center disadvantaged communities in its priorities. 

“Cecilia has been the heart, soul, and mind of the most ambitious environmental justice agenda ever adopted by a President,” Council on Environmental Quality Chair Brenda Mallory wrote in a statement Thursday. 

Most notably under Martinez’ leadership, the federal gover... Read more

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