Lisa P. Jackson was picked as the Obama White House’s administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Here’s a quick look at her life and career.

Lisa P. Jackson was picked as the Obama White House’s administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Here’s a quick look at her life and career.

Career: She is chief of staff to New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine. Serves on Obama’s transition panel for energy and the environment.

History: Spent more than two years as commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, where she led efforts to crack down on polluters in environmentally ravaged sections of the state. Worked as an administrator in the federal Environmental Protection Agency for 16 years, where her duties included regulating the cleanup of hazardous waste sites under the Superfund program.

Born: Feb. 8, 1962 (age 46)

Birth city: Philadelphia; raised in New Orleans

Education: Tulane University, ‘83; M.A., Princeton University, ‘86

Hometown: East Windsor, N.J.

Family: Married to Kenny Jackson; two sons, Marcus and Brian

Fun facts:

- She is the first African American and first African American woman to serve as chief of staff to the governor of New Jersey.

- As commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection, she ended the state’s bear hunt.

- Was adopted shortly after birth and raised in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

Sources: www.nytimes.com, www.votesmart.org, www.state.nj.us