Stephanie Epner joined the Policy Planning Staff in July 2013 and serves as a speechwriter to the Secretary. She came to the Department from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she led the speechwriting efforts for then-Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe. Prior to her appointment at EPA, Stephanie was a writer and communications strategist at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide. She also spent time working in strategic government relations, advising domestic and international clients on comprehensive political strategy. Stephanie graduated from Vanderbilt University.