Sutley to Chair Council on Environmental Quality
By Philip Rucker
President-elect Barack Obama has selected Nancy Sutley, a deputy mayor of Los Angeles for energy and environment, to chair the White House Council on Environmental Quality, a Democratic source said.
Sutley, who has a long record on environmental and natural resources policy, will be a key player in shaping the new administration's policies on climate change and the environment. Sutley's appointment is likely to be announced in coming days, when Obama unveils his slate of environmental nominees, and was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.
The president-elect is expected to tap Carol Browner, the Clinton administration's Environmental Protection Agency chief, for a new White House position overseeing all environmental, energy, climate and related matters, The Washington Post reported yesterday. Browner, who has been a top transition official for Obama, currently is a principal at The Albright Group, the strategy firm founded by former secretary of state Madeleine Albright.
Sutley was a top aide to Browner in Clinton's EPA. A supporter of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primary, Sutley is a prominent member of the gay and lesbian community. She represents Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) on the board of directors for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and previously served on the California State Water Resources Control Board and as an energy adviser to former California governor Gray Davis (D).
During the Clinton administration, Sutley was a top aide to Browner at the EPA.
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