Apple today has updated the biography of Lisa Jackson on its executive leadership webpage, noting that she is now Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives. Previously, Jackson was the VP of Environmental Initiatives only. The promotion will allow Jackson to take over leadership of all governmental affairs and public policy teams, according to Apple.
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Tim Cook announced the change in a memo to employees, obtained by The Washington Post. In the memo, Cook explains that in her new position, Jackson will be even more able to work towards Apple’s central goal of leaving the world better than it was found.
Jackson’s executive bio on Apple.com also notes that she is now responsible for Apple’s policy programs when it comes to education, including its ConnectED program. The full addition to Jackson’s bio is below:
She is also responsible for Apple’s education policy programs such as ConnectED, its product accessibility work, and its worldwide government affairs function.
Earlier this year, Lisa Jackson was put in charge of boosting accessibility efforts, as well. Jackson originally joined Apple in 2013 having previously served as the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The executive reports directly to CEO Tim Cook and is centrally responsible for Apple’s efforts to minimize its impact on the environment and be as green and eco friendly as possible.
The full memo from CEO Tim Cook to his team is below:
At Apple, we’ve dedicated ourselves to leaving the world better than we found it. And we are making real progress. I am proud and inspired when I see how our products and our people are improving lives around the world. This is what happens when we focus on putting our core values front and center in our products and operations.
Today, Apple is an industry leader in renewable energy, elimination of toxics and protecting working forests. As you know, Lisa Jackson joined us two years ago and we could not have come this far without her leadership on environmental initiatives across our company.
There’s much more to do, not just on the environment, but on other issues we value such as human rights, education, and accessibility of our products to those with physical or developmental challenges. Apple can and will play an important role in each of these areas. Already, we are actively working with 114 schools in the U.S. through our ConnectED program. We are putting more accessibility tools in the hands of our wonderful app developers. And we have made our voice heard on public policy issues that affect us including clean energy and equality. These issues are critical not only to us, but to our customers, our shareholders, and in the communities where we all live and work.
So I’ve asked Lisa to lead our work in these areas and to take on a broader role as vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. Lisa will apply her passion and her unique skill set to integrate teams across Apple and make our impact even greater. As part of her new role, Lisa will also take over management of our worldwide Government Affairs function. Lisa already interacts regularly with governments around the world so she is a natural for this new role leading our public policy teams.
You can expect to see us create even more innovative programs which drive progress on these issues and others we care about most deeply.
Lisa will be the first to tell you, we have a long way to go and a lot to learn. But, like to many things at Apple, great challenges inspire us to work harder and aim higher.
Please join me in congratulating Lisa on her new role.