Heather Zichal is the former Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change.
As the President’s top White House advisor on energy and climate change, Zichal coordinated policy development and implementation on these issues across the Administration. She helped to shape and execute many of the President’s top energy and climate priorities, including establishing historic new fuel economy standards, reducing mercury pollution, and supporting clean energy deployment in the United States. Prior to joining the Administration, Ms. Zichal served as a Policy Director to the Obama Campaign, where she helped craft the 2008 energy platform.
She previously served as the Legislative Director to Senator John Kerry after managing energy and environmental issues in the 2004 Presidential campaign. She has also served as Legislative Director for U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and U.S. Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ).
During her time in the federal government, Ms. Zichal has been a strong and steady voice for policies that reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil, protect public health and our environment, and address global climate change.
She grew up in Iowa and is a graduate of Rutgers University.
Heather Zichal's Posts
- November 16, 2011 at 2:21 PM EDT
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation have formally announced their joint proposal to set stronger fuel economy and greenhouse gas pollution standards for model year 2017-2025 passenger cars and light-duty trucks.
- November 7, 2011 at 12:33 PM EDT
Republicans in Congress are trying to use our current economic climate as an excuse to roll back clean air protections that Americans have counted on for decades
- October 7, 2011 at 2:18 PM EDT
October is Energy Action Month, a national effort to highlight the tremendous potential of clean energy technologies to create new American jobs and industries, and underscore the importance of investing in American innovation to lead the 21st century global clean energy economy.
- September 2, 2011 at 10:30 AM EDT
The direct benefits of the Clean Air Act – in the form of cleaner air and healthier, more productive Americans – are estimated to reach nearly $2 trillion in the year 2020
- May 17, 2011 at 2:54 PM EDT
Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, discusses the Administration’s policies to support safe and responsible domestic oil and gas production.
- March 30, 2011 at 4:20 PM EDT
Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, offers a comprehensive look at the President's energy vision and agenda.
- March 29, 2011 at 1:38 PM EDT
Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, discusses a new report from the Department of the Interior on the acreage of public lands (onshore and offshore) that have been leased to oil and gas companies and remain undeveloped.
- March 27, 2011 at 3:50 PM EDT
Some recent comments in the press have attempted to paint a picture that an agreement on energy issues signed during the President’s trip to Brazil shows a lack of commitment to domestic oil and gas production. Let’s be clear – this administration is committed to developing a broad range of energy sources, and we know that high prices at the pump are forcing Americans to make tough choices.
- March 8, 2011 at 6:22 PM EDT
The Administration is expanding safe and responsible energy production by making efforts to increase current oil production and lower dependency on foreign oil. By increasing oil production in the US, the government is protecting consumers from high gas prices.
- March 1, 2011 at 7:00 PM EDT
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report estimating the economic, environmental and health benefits of the Clean Air Act over the period 1990 to 2020.