Nationally respected for her sophisticated understanding of the intersection of politics and ecology, Carol M. Browner serves as the Assistant to President Barack Obama for Energy and Climate Change. Referred to as the energy "czarina" by TIME magazine, Browner is the nation's first White House Energy and Climate Change Coordinator and is responsible for overseeing and integrating all of the various U.S. government energy and climate committees and organizations.
At the press conference announcing her nomination, President Barack Obama commended Browner for understanding that the nation's mission to create jobs, achieve energy security and combat climate change will demand integration among different agencies, cooperation between federal, state and local governments, and partnership with the private sector. From her senior White House position, Browner works with the U.S. Secretaries of Energy Steven Chu and Interior Ken Salazar, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, to achieve these goals.
Browner brings significant experience to her post. A member of President Bill Clinton's Cabinet, she was the longest serving administrator in the history of the Environmental Protection Agency. Her dedication to the environment was shown in her leadership role in settling a lawsuit that the government brought against Florida for environmental damage done to Everglades National Park and for launching the largest ecological restoration project ever attempted in the U.S. – the purification and restoration of the natural flow of water to the Everglades. President-elect Barack Obama tapped her experience and counsel as a key member of his transition team. In forming the new administration she was able to draw upon her government service as well as her private sector experience as principal of the Albright Group where she worked in the areas of environmental protection, climate change and energy conservation and security.
Throughout her remarkable career, Browner has received numerous awards and citations including the South Florida Chapter of the Audubon Society's Guy M. Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lifetime Environmental Achievement Award from the New York State Bar Association. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in English and a law degree, both from the University of Florida in Gainesville. She served her native state of Florida as secretary of environmental regulation, was legislative director for Senator Al Gore, and acted as chief legislative aide for environmental issues to Senator Lawton Chiles.