Heather  McTeer Toney

Heather McTeer Toney

Outreach and Engagement Presentation

National Field Director for Moms Clean Air Force, Heather McTeer Toney will deliver the Outreach and Engagement Presentation of the Summit Kickoff Session on October 2, at 11:30am central time.

Heather McTeer Toney’s Biography

Heather McTeer Toney serves as the National Field Director for Moms Clean Air Force, an organization of over 1 million moms and dads committed to fighting air pollution and protections against climate change. Prior to coming to Moms, Heather served as the first African-American, first female and youngest mayor of Greenville, MS. In 2014, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as Regional Administrator for Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Southeast Region. At EPA, Mrs. Toney was responsible for protecting public health and the environment in the eight southeastern states, as well as six federally recognized tribes. In this role, she led efforts to promote climate justice, local environmental engagement and enhance the work life for Region 4’s approximately 1,000 employees while effectively managing a budget of more than $500 million.

Known for her energetic and genuine commitment to people, her work has made her a national figure in public service, environmental justice and community engagement. She has appeared on news outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and Democracy Now!; and has written for and been featured in numerous papers including the New York Times and the Washington Post. McTeer Toney was featured in the May 2005 issue of Essence Magazine as one of the “50 Most Remarkable Women in the World. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College in Atlanta and a law degree from the Tulane University School of Law.  She loves triathlons and bacon, and at any time can be found chasing her toddler or riding in old classic cars with her husband and daughter.