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March 30, 2009

Cathy Zoi Nominated for the Assistant Secretary of EERE

President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate several individuals to key federal positions on March 30, including the selection of Cathy Zoi as the nominee for DOE's Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Zoi is the founding chief executive officer of the Alliance for Climate Protection, which was established and chaired by former Vice President Al Gore and leads a multimillion dollar effort to emphasize the urgency and solvability of global warming. Zoi served as the Chief of Staff in the White House Office on Environmental Policy in the Clinton-Gore administration, where she managed the team working on environmental and energy issues. She has also served as a manager of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where she pioneered the Energy Star Program.

Zoi has also worked for several energy-focused organizations, serving as the group executive director at the Bayard Group, recently renamed Landis+Gyr Holdings, which is a world leader in energy measurement technologies and systems; as the assistant director general of the New South Wales EPA in Sydney, Australia; and as the founding chief executive officer of the New South Wales Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA), a $50 million fund to commercialize greenhouse-friendly technology. Under her leadership, SEDA launched the world's first nationwide Green Power program and the world's largest solar-powered suburb. See the DOE press release.