THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JUDITH ESPINOSA TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
OF THE MORRIS K. UDALL SCHOLARSHIP AND EXCELLENCE IN NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY FOUNDATION
The President announced his intention to nominate Judith Espinosa of New Mexico to be a member of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation.
Ms. Espinosa is Vice President for Public Policy, Alliance for Transportation Research (ATR) at the University of New Mexico. She serves as a liaison with state and local government officials. She has primary responsibility for policy initiation and development and oversees the public participation phases of projects implemented by ATR. Ms. Espinosa was appointed in 1993 to the President's Council on Sustainable Development. She was appointed in 1994 by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner to Chair the U.S. EPA Government Advisory Committee which advises the Administrator in implementation of the environmental supplemental agreement to NAFTA. Ms. Espinosa was the first Secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department from 1991-1994, and was awarded the EPA's Regional Administrator's Award for Leadership in 1991. Ms. Espinosa also served as the Secretary of Transportation for the State of New Mexico in 1983. Ms. Espinosa sits on the Board of Directors of the Clean Air Action Corporation and serves on a number of national boards including The Energy Foundation, the National Wildlife Federation and sits on the Executive Committee of the New Mexico Conservation Voters Alliance. She holds a B.S. in Nursing from the University of New Mexico, and a Masters degree from UCLA, and a J.D. from the University of New Mexico.
The Foundation, based at the University of Arizona in Tucson, was established in March of 1992 with a mission to award scholarships, fellowships and internships to eligible individuals for study in environmental fields, and to increase awareness of the importance of the Nation's natural resources. The Foundation awarded its first 55 scholarships in Spring 1996 to college students majoring in environmental policy, public policy and health care policy. The students awarded scholarships are from 38 states and Puerto Rico. The Foundation also initiated the first Native American Summer Congressional Internship Program to familiarize Native Americans with the way the government works.