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Lee Tanner

Acting Supervisor

United States Environmental Protection Agency


As the Acting Supervisor of the Office of Environmental Education (OEE), Lee Tanner implements the EPA’s strategic plan goals for stakeholder engagement and executes the congressional budget for environmental education activities. He provides sound leadership, advice, and policy guidance to the Associate Administrator for OPEEE on a range of issues, especially those that relate to the environmental education grants program, the teacher training cooperative agreement, and the awards programs, including the President’s Environmental Youth Award and Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators and the National Environmental Education Advisory Council.

In his former role at EPA, Mr. Tanner worked in the Office of Pesticides Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division where he received a bronze medal for his leadership role in the Agency’s public education response to the reemergence of bed bugs. In this position, he coordinated an EPA partnership program that is dedicated to encouraging environmental stewardship in pest management activities to large pesticide users where we live, work, play, and farm.

Mr. Tanner began his career as a high school Biology and Physics teacher before being recruited to join D.C. Water and Sewer Authority as the Water Conservationist protecting drinking water and sewer infrastructure. He has over 12 years of experience in stakeholder engagement and environmental education program design and implementation on all levels of government. Mr. Tanner holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Xavier University of New Orleans Louisiana.

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