Washington, D.C. — Today, White House senior officials announced that Heather Zichal will be stepping down from her post as deputy assistant to the president for energy and climate change. In response to the announcement, Carol M. Browner, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress who previously worked with Zichal under the Obama administration, released the following statement:
Heather Zichal is a true climate change leader. Because of her hard work, today the United States stands ready to implement an historic climate change action plan that will cut carbon pollution from new and existing power plants, the largest sources of carbon pollution in the U.S., and move us toward a clean energy future. Her drive, determination, and dedication kept climate change on the president’s policy agenda. The public health impacts of her work in the White House are yet to be measured. This is a big loss for the White House. She is a seasoned and accessible policy leader and she will be missed by all. I wish her the best of luck as she moves forward.