Cynthia Giles


US Environmental Protection Agency - Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance


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Assistant Administrator Cynthia Giles leads EPA’s efforts to enforce our nation’s environmental laws and advance environmental justice. Giles has committed EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance to three goals:

1. Tough civil and criminal enforcement for violations that threaten communities and the environment, with a particular emphasis on addressing pollution in overburdened communities

2. Next Generation Compliance: achieving greater compliance and reducing pollution using advanced monitoring and information technologies

3. Strong EPA/State/Tribal environmental protection: working together toward shared environmental goals.

Giles has more than 30 years of service in the public, private and non-profit sectors. As Assistant United States Attorney in Philadelphia, she prosecuted civil violators ofenvironmental laws. She led the water protection program for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, served as the Director of Enforcement Coordination for EPA Region 3, and before returning to EPA was the Director of the Conservation Law Foundation's Advocacy Center in Rhode Island, where advanced laws and policies to combat climate change and promote clean energy.

Giles has a BA from Cornell University, a JD from the University of California at Berkeley
and an MPA from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

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