Carmen Guerrero Pérez, who has been the Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources since 2013, will lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Caribbean Environmental Protection Division beginning on July 11.
Pérez will be responsible for the division's efforts to liaise between the governments of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, press, community groups, regulated industries and authorities on environmental issues. She will lead a team of approximately 60 individuals who are responsible for inspection and enforcement activities and implementing EPA programs, including those addressing drinking water, air quality, Superfund sites and hazardous waste.
“I am so pleased to select Carmen Guerrero Pérez for this extremely important post. Her dedication to the people of Puerto Rico and the environment is unmatched and she will be an amazing asset to EPA’s senior leadership team,” EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck said. “Carmen is a consummate professional and her skills and environmental ethic will help lead our already strong team of dedicated staff and managers in our Caribbean Environmental Protection Division to do great things for the people of Puerto Rico.”
Carmen began her career with the EPA at the Office of Policy and Planning in Washington, D.C., before returning to Puerto Rico as a project coordinator for the San Juan Bay Estuary. In Puerto Rico, she served various organizations and governmental groups as an environmental and conservation planner, and founded a environmental non-governmental organization.