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Former EPA head Lisa Jackson gets wider role at Apple

Lisa Jackson, vice president, Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Apple Inc.

Under Tim Cook, Apple has become more visible and vocal as an advocate for environmental and social issues.  To strengthen its executive oversight of these initiatives,  the company is giving Lisa Jackson, former EPA head and its current executive in charge of environmental issues, a wider portfolio.

According to her updated bio on the Apple website, Jackson is now vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Jackson will now oversee Apple’s efforts “to minimize its impact on the environment by addressing climate change through renewable energy and energy efficiency, using greener materials, and inventing new ways to conserve precious resources. She is also responsible for Apple’s education policy programs such as ConnectED, its product accessibility work, and its worldwide government affairs function.”

Jackson joined Apple in May 2013 as vice president of environmental issues. From 2009 to 2013, Lisa served as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, appointed by President Barack Obama. She has also served as Chief of Staff to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine and as Commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection.