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Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Environmental Justice, Environmental Protection Agency

Mustafa Santiago Ali has been a national speaker, trainer and facilitator on Social Justice Issues for over 20 years with a specific focus on the issue of Environmental Justice, Sustainability and Community Revitalization. During that time Mustafa has given over 1,000 presentations including facilitations and trainings across the country. He has also worked with over 500 communities on both the domestic and international fronts to secure environmental, health and economic justice. Mustafa’s focus is on moving our most vulnerable communities from, “Surviving to Thriving”.

Mustafa began working on Social Justices issues as a student and is a founding member of the U.S. EPA Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ). He has a played major role in the design and implementation of many of EPA’s most successful programs focused on environmental justice and community revitalization and is recognized as one of the leading thought leaders on these critical issues. He currently serves as the Assistant Associate Administrator and Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization. In this role Mustafa helps to elevate EJ issues to the highest levels of the EPA and works across Federal Agencies to integrate and strengthen EJ policies, programs and initiatives.

He also leads the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJIWG) which is made up of 17 federal agencies and White House Offices. The IWG is focused on breaking down silos and implementing holistic community-based collaborative strategies to address the impacts and opportunities that exist in our most vulnerable, overburdened, and under resourced communities. In his role he also advises the White House on Environmental and Climate Justice issues.

Mustafa’s work continues to promote meaningful, collaborative, working relationships with EJ communities, as well as builds strong partnerships to address some of the country’s most persistent environmental, public health and economic challenges.

Mustafa is the former Associate Director in the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Justice where he led the Communication and Stakeholder Involvement (CSI) team. In 2012, Mustafa created and produced the Environmental Justice in Action Blog which currently has over 100,000 followers. The blog highlights innovative actions to address environmental justice, sustainability and climate change issues. Mr. Ali served as the Environmental Justice lead in 2010 for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Mustafa was a Brookings Institution Congressional Fellow in the Office of Congressman John Conyers during Fiscal Year 2007-08. His portfolio as a Legislative Assistant focused on Foreign Policy in Africa and South America, Homeland Security, Health Care, Veterans Affairs, Appropriations and Environmental Justice.

In 2004, he was selected as the National Enforcement Training Institutes “Trainer of the Year.” During that time he led the effort with other members of the EJ Training Collaborative to train approximately 5,000 stake-holders across the country in “The Fundamentals of Environmental Justice Workshop,”

Mr. Ali is a former instructor at West Virginia University and Stanford University in Washington. He guest lecturer at universities and colleges across the country including, Yale University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Spelman College, Albany Law School and Howard University School of Law. In addition to lecturing at academic institution, Mr. Ali has presented on Capitol Hill, and for the White House office of Public Engagement. He is the former Co-host of the “Spirit in Action” radio show which focused on social justice issues.


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