U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
As a lineal descendant of the Chickahominy and Pamunkey Indians of Virginia, Luke is an active member of the Native American community and has worked to improve federal Indian program administration for more than 30 years. Luke serves as a Senior Analyst in EPA’s American Indian Environmental Office (AIEO) and has helped lead EPA’s tribal program for more than 20 years. Luke currently leads EPA’s national effort to coordinate EPA program implementation activities for Indian country. Prior to this role, Luke Chaired the EPA American Indian and Alaska Native Special Emphasis Program Advisory Council and was National Program Manager for EPA’s Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP) – the largest tribal environmental financial assistance program at EPA. Luke also served as Director of the EPA Region 5 Indian Environmental Office (2006-2010) after holding a number of EPA tribal program positions in Washington, DC. Before joining the EPA in 1999, Luke worked for the U.S. Department of Defense Native American Lands Environmental Mitigation Program (1997-1999), the National Tribal Environmental Council (1996-1997), and the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management tribal programs (1991-1995). Luke received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Rutgers University (1991), a Master of Public Administration degree from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (1996), and is a frequent speaker and presenter on topics relating to federal Indian policy and tribal environmental program administration.