A life-long learner and advocate, Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome founded Empowering a Green Environment and Economy, LLC, (EGE 2 ) a strategic consulting firm, with the mission of transforming communities through the development of people-centered solutions. She originally started EGE 2 over a decade ago, with a goal of helping manufacturing companies embark on technical solutions to reduce negative environmental impacts. Building on her engineering and problem-solving experience, EGE2 has leveled up to serve a diverse set of clients with forward-thinking and intersectional approaches to tackle issues such as climate change, public health, environmental injustice, and advancing racial equity.
Jalonne’s has multi-sector experience having worked in environmental philanthropy, state government, non-profit, grassroots, academia and private industry. Most recently, she created and implemented the transformational Climate Resilient and Equitable Water Systems (CREWS) Initiative at the Kresge Foundation as a Senior Program Officer; she served as the first Director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice’s federal policy office in Washington, DC; and, her doctoral research illuminated the impact of climate change & extreme heat on the low-income, elderly in Detroit, and is still referenced to drive public health interventions.
A native of Detroit, Jalonne earned a Ph.D. in environmental health sciences from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Southern Methodist University, a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University, and her certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. Jalonne serves on multiple national and local academic, non-profit and for-profit Boards, including: National Academies of Sciences Board on Environmental Change and Society, American Geophysical Union, and is a Senior Advisor on Equity and Justice for The Water Center at The University of Pennsylvania. She is a Lecturer at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the proud mom of Arielle and Jeannelyn. Jalonne has balanced big budgets, managed large teams, given more than 100+ speeches/talks across the country, trained and taught people of all ages, and most importantly maintained her integrity and relationships. Jalonne is not afraid to disrupt the norms and is primed and ready to address your toughest challenges. Because each challenge is an opportunity waiting to emerge.