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Alumna Awarded for her Commitment to Environmental Advocacy

November 2019

Heather McTeer ToneyRachel’s Network, a non-profit funding organization based in Washington, D.C., awarded environmental advocate Heather McTeer Toney, C’98, with its inaugural Catalyst Award. The award recognizes women of color who are making an environmental impact in communities across the country with a $10,000 prize and networking opportunities.

Toney, who was the first African American, the first woman and the youngest mayor of Greenville, Mississippi, is the national field director for Moms Clean Air Force. The organization represents more than one million parents who are committed to fighting air pollution and climate change. She is dedicated to addressing issues related to the environment.

Toney is credited for developing a program to engage the African American faith-based community on environmental health and served as regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Southeast Region under President Barack Obama. She will be honored during Rachel’s Network Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., in March 2020.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Spelman and a law degree from Tulane University School of Law.