To celebrate National Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Day, Take Care of Texas is highlighting the career of two Texas Commission on Environmental Quality staff members who have made outstanding contributions to environmental quality: Ramiro Garcia, Jr. and L’Oreal Stepney.
L’Oreal Stepney describes herself as curious, and noted that her curiosity has remained her primary motivation throughout her time with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, pushing her to learn more about the structures and policies that make the agency tick.
It was this curiosity that initially led her to study aerospace engineering at the University of Texas, and then to pursue a master’s degree in environmental engineering. It also led her to work for TCEQ, where she has served in three divisions over the course of 28 years. As the leading expert on water rights in the State of Texas, Stepney takes this curiosity with her as she begins her newest role as the Deputy Executive Director of the agency.