American Rivers statement on appointment of Jalonne White-Newsome as Senior Director for Environmental Justice

May 6, 2022 

Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 

The White House Council on Environmental Quality has announced Jalonne White-Newsome as Senior Director for Environmental Justice. Tom Kiernan, President of American Rivers, made the following statement: 

“We congratulate Jalonne White-Newsome on her appointment to this historic role and applaud the Biden Administration’s commitment to environmental justice. White-Newsome’s leadership in the environmental justice movement and relentless advocacy for Black, Indigenous, people of color, and communities disproportionally harmed by polluted rivers, flooding, and lack of clean water will advance the administration’s commitments to environmental and racial justice.”  

“American Rivers looks forward to collaborating with White-Newsome and the White House Council on Environmental Quality on the urgent climate, racial justice, and biodiversity crises as we pursue systemic changes to laws, policies, and practices that support healthy rivers and clean water, everywhere, for everyone.”