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Heather McTeer Toney

Vice President, Community Engagement

Environmental Defense Fund

Heather McTeer Toney is the Vice President, Community Engagement for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). She previously served EDF as an Environmental Justice Liaison. Prior to joining EDF, she led the Moms Clean Air Force field team for two years, working on local government policy initiatives and the Moms & Mayors Program.

In 2014, she was appointed by President Barack Obama as Regional Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Southeast Region, where she served until 2017. At age 27, Heather became the first African-American, first female, and youngest mayor of Greenville, Mississippi. Known for her energetic and genuine commitment to people, her work has made her a national figure in public service, diversity, and community engagement.