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Profiles of Hispanics at EPA: Nadtya Y. Hong

Profiles of Hispanics at EPA

Nadtya HongNadtya Y. Hong, Esq., International Environmental Program Specialist
Latin America and Caribbean Team
Office of International and Tribal Affairs
Washington, DC

Question: Where were you born?

Nadtya Hong: San Juan, Puerto Rico. I grew up in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.

Question: Where did you go to college? What was your major?

Nadtya Hong: I went to the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus, for a bachelor’s in environmental science. Later, I attended George Washington University’s Law School, where I earned a J.D. in law.

Question: What brought you to EPA?

Nadtya Hong: I always wanted to be an international environmental lawyer and work for EPA, and had the opportunity to do so right after law school. I was fortunate to start working in EPA’s international office and I have been here ever since.

Question: What kind of work do you do at EPA?

Nadtya Hong: I manage environmental cooperation programs in the Latin American and Caribbean regions, particularly in the Andean region (Peru, Chile and Colombia). As part of my duties, I work closely with my counterparts in these countries, providing technical expertise on a wide variety of environmental issues. I coordinate capacity building and information exchanges between U.S. environmental experts and our counterparts in those countries.

Question: What message would you like to send young Latinos who are considering going to college?

Nadtya Hong: The best advice my mother gave me was to find an area of study that I was both good at and passionate about. When you combine talent and passion, the sky is the limit.

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