José L. Zambrana, Jr., PhD, is senior science advisor to the Associate Assistant Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD). He currently provides leadership on sustainability, unconventional oil and gas development, human health, environmental justice, citizen science, and sustainable chemistry. At EPA, José has overseen post-graduate public health and environmental science policy professional development programs, and graduate fellowship programs, where he piloted programs in environmental entrepreneurship and nanotechnology. He was the recipient of the 2010 ORD Diversity Award for Employees.
Prior to joining EPA, José was a Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Here he focused on strategic planning and spurring high-impact, transformative environmental science research. José received his doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) where he was both a National Science Foundation Graduate Research and GK-12 Fellow. He also enjoys pursuing music as a professional organist and choir director, composer, arranger, and singer.