Feb. 8, 2019: Amanda Gunasekara has resigned as the Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation. She resigned to start a private, non-governmental political advocacy group. The group is expected to be a nonprofit with a c(4) tax status, which means, among other things, that its donors can be anonymous. Gunasekara joined the EPA in March, 2017. She was previously a Senior Policy Adviser to the Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. She previously worked as the Majority Counsel U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, during the 114th Congress and for Chairman John Barrasso, Wyoming Republican, during the 115th Congress at the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. A native Mississippian, Gunasekara received a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law and a B.A. from Mississippi College.