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April 01, 2009

Cathy Zoi Nominated for the Assistant Secretary of EERE

Photo of Cathy Zoi.

President Obama has nominated Cathy Zoi to lead DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

President Barack Obama announced on March 27 his intent to nominate several individuals to key federal positions, 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. The Alliance 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 at 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 and Zoi's biography on the Alliance for Climate Protection Web site.

President Obama also intends to nominate Dr. Steven Koonin as Under Secretary for Science at DOE. Dr. Koonin is currently Chief Scientist for BP, where he is responsible for guiding the company's long-range technology strategy, particularly in alternative and renewable energy sources. Koonin joined BP in 2004 following a 29-year career at the California Institute of Technology as a professor of theoretical physics, including a 9-year term as the institute's provost. He has served on numerous advisory bodies for DOE and its national laboratories, and for the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Defense. Koonin's research interests have included theoretical and computational physics, as well as global environmental science. He did his undergraduate work at the California Institute of Technology and has a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. See the DOE press release.