Congresswoman Lee Announces EPA Grant to Cypress Mandela Training Center for Environmental Workforce Training

Oakland, CA – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced that Cypress Mandela Training Center would be one of 18 grantees selected by the Environmental Protection Agency to split approximately $3.5 million in grants. These grants will advance environmental justice through job training programs.

“I’d like to congratulate Cypress Mandela Training Center on winning this funding from the Environmental Protection Agency to identify individuals in our communities who face barriers to employment and help them build careers in the growing green energy sector,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “Minority communities are disproportionately impacted by environmental hazards. Combining quality job training with environmental education creates a pathway to economic revitalization and improves environmental quality for communities of color.”

As a member of the Appropriations Committee and subcommittee that oversees workforce training programs, Congresswoman Lee has long fought to increase federal investments in training programs that prepare workers for our green energy future. Additionally, she is an active supporter of the East Bay’s Green Jobs for All program that empowers local youth to take a leadership role in providing and benefiting from green jobs training. 

For more information about the Cypress Mandela Training Center, click here.


Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. She serves as chair of the Whip’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.