The Council on Environmental Quality - Chair Nancy Sutley
Nancy Sutley is the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). As the principal environmental policy adviser to the President, Sutley helps to develop and coordinate the Administration’s environmental and energy policies and initiatives. During her tenure, the Administration has launched a Federal sustainability initiative that has already reduced the Government’s greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent; established the first ever National Ocean Policy to support healthy ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources, communities and industries; created the first ever Federal agency climate change resilience plans to protect communities, infrastructure and natural resources from climate change impacts; and launched the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to support locally driven conservation efforts that expand recreation, create jobs, and protect and restore our most cherished natural resources. Under Sutley, CEQ has also led efforts to modernize implementation of the landmark National Environmental Policy Act to improve the quality and efficiency of Federal environmental reviews, facilitate quicker, more informed decision-making, and increase transparency and accountability.
Prior to her appointment as CEQ Chair, Sutley was the Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment for the City of Los Angeles, California. She represented Los Angeles on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. She served on the California State Water Resources Control Board from 2003- 2005. Sutley also was Energy Advisor for California Governor Gray Davis, and Deputy Secretary for policy and intergovernmental relations at the California EPA from 1999-2003. During the administration of President Clinton, Sutley worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Regional Administrator in San Francisco and Special Assistant to the Administrator in Washington, D.C.
Sutley received her bachelor's degree from Cornell University and her Master in Public Policy from Harvard University.