Advisory Council on Environmental Justice

It is important that no segment of the population, especially individuals most impacted and vulnerable, should bear disproportionately high or adverse effects from pollution. To ensure that all people and perspectives have a voice, the Commonwealth requires a consistent, action-oriented approach to incorporating environmental justice into decision-making. As a result, former Governor Terry McAuliffe established the Advisory Council on Environmental Justice via Executive Order 73 to provide independent advice and recommendations to the Executive Branch on environmental justice issues. Governor Northam looks forward to continuing this work under his leadership, ensuring the protection of all Virginians and our natural resources.

The full text of Executive Order 73 may be found here.


  1. Angela Harris, Southeast CARE Coalition
  2. Dr. Michelle Covi, Old Dominion University
  3. Rev. Faith Harris, Virginia Interfaith Power and Light
  4. Dr. Mary Finley Brook, University of Richmond
  5. Dawone Robinson, Urban Solutions Program at Natural Resources Defense Council
  6. Dr. Janet Phoenix, George Washington University
  7. Tom Benevento, New Community Project
  8. Dana Wiggins, Virginia Poverty Law Center
  9. Joe Jenkins, President of the Surry County African American Heritage Society
  10. Mary Cromer, Appalachian Citizens Law Center
  11. Dr. Peter DeFur, Environmental Stewards Consulting
  12. Beth Roach, Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia
  13. Hope Cupit, Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc.
  14. Dr. Mike Ellerbrock, Professor of Ag and Applied Economics Virginia Tech


  • Meryem Karad
  • Trieste Lockwood


Upcoming Meetings

Next Subcommittee Meeting
SW & Hampton Roads planning and Annual Report discussions
October 11, 2018
Richmond, VA

Next Full Member Meeting
December 18, 2018
Richmond, VA


Past Meeting Materials & Documents