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The Council on Environmental Quality

Mike Boots leads the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).  CEQ helps to develop the Administration’s environmental and energy policies and initiatives and works closely with Federal agencies to implement them. Prior to leading CEQ, Mike served as the Council's Chief of Staff. In this capacity, he helped coordinate the Administration’s work on the President’s Climate Action Plan, the establishment of new national monuments that permanently protect unique American sites, the development of the Nation’s first comprehensive National Ocean Policy, and the President’s federal sustainability initiative to reduce energy use and pollution across the Federal Government, among other environmental priorities.  At the start of the Obama Administration, he served as an Associate Director managing the natural resources portfolio at CEQ, focusing on protecting and conserving the nation’s special places, landscapes, freshwater resources and oceans.

During his career, Mike has worked extensively with broad coalitions of U.S. and European businesses, governments and public interest groups on a wide array of environmental policies and conservation programs.  Prior to joining CEQ, Mike was the Vice President for Sustainable Markets at SeaWeb, where he led efforts to engage the private sector – from the seafood industry to the shipping sector – in finding innovative solutions to ocean conservation challenges.  He served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton Administration and at a public affairs firm managing a statewide energy conservation campaign during California’s energy crisis.  He later served in Washington, DC as the Environmental and Natural Resources Advisor to the Governor of California, representing the Governor, his cabinet and the state before Congress and the Federal government.

Mike received an M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a B.A. in Communications from the University of California Los Angeles.