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Michelle DePass, Dean, Director, Tishman Environment Tishman Professor of Environmental Policy and Management 

Profile: Michelle J. DePass is the Dean of the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy and Tishman Professor of Environmental Policy and Management. She joined Milano in November 2013 coming from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where since 2009 she had served as Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs. In this presidentially appointed, senate-confirmed position, DePass had been responsible for all dimensions of environmental policy between the EPA and other nations, federally recognized tribal nations, and multilateral institutions and donors. Prior to joining the EPA, DePass was a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, with a portfolio focused on the environment and community development, most notably green economy and climate change, environmental health and justice and indigenous environmental rights. In her two-decade career in sustainability and public service, DePass has also served as founding Executive Director of the New York Environmental Justice Alliance, Senior Policy Advisor to the commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and environmental manager for the City of San Jose. A lawyer by training, DePass was also the Kunstler fellow for civil rights at the Center for Constitutional Rights here in New York City. She is a sought after civil society leader and has served on dozens of boards and advisory committees to government, NGO’s and international organizations. DePass holds a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, a Juris Doctor from Fordham Law School and a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College, where she was a National Urban Fellow.


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Climate Citizen Guide: A Call To Action

Hello #ClimateCitizens! I hope your school year is off to a great start. By now, you may have seen the Tishman Environment and Design Center ...

Dean Michelle DePass Named A Top Enviro Leader

Congratulations to the Milano School's Dean and Director Michelle DePass for being named one of the top enviromental leaders by Green 2.0! Green 2.0 highlights ...
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Milano Receives NASPAA 2015 Social Equity Award

Michelle DePass, Dean Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy I am pleased to announce that the Milano School has been honored by ...

Dean Michelle DePass To Visit California

Next week, Dean Michelle DePass will be headed to San Francisco and Los Angeles to to connect with alumni, admitted students, prospects, and others! The ...

New School to Divest from Fossil Fuels

The New School has announced a bold and comprehensive Climate Action Plan to guide university policies. Developed by students, alumni, faculty, and administrators at our ...

New Dean Michelle DePass Mentioned in Urban Affairs Association

The New School has announced that Michelle J. DePass has been named dean of the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. Michelle ...