Biden appointee lands deputy spot in EPA’s air office

By Kevin Bogardus | 05/16/2024 01:35 PM EDT

Alejandra Nunez, a former Sierra Club attorney, was a member of the president’s EPA transition team.

EPA headquarters in Washington.

EPA headquarters in Washington on June 29, 2022. Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

One of President Joe Biden’s top political appointees at EPA has been promoted within the agency’s air program.

Alejandra Nunez is now principal deputy assistant administrator in EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, according to an internal email obtained by E&E News. The air office is powerful — and heavily scrutinized — as it churns out rule after rule targeting air and climate pollution from heavy industry.

Nunez, who already has been serving in a high position in that office since early on in the Biden administration, has become essentially the second-in-command for the overall program.


Joe Goffman, who leads EPA’s air office, told staff her role as deputy assistant administrator for mobile sources showed “her enormous skill set and prodigious hard work” and helped a number of EPA efforts across the finish line, including emission standards for cars and trucks as well as funding for the agency’s new Clean School Bus program, backed by the 2021 infrastructure law.