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
- February 9, 2011 at 2:18 PM EST
The Clean Air Act gives the Environmental Protection Agency the necessary tools to protect our families from a number of harmful pollutants that can cause asthma and lung disease – especially in children.
- January 31, 2011 at 4:01 PM EST
Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, outlines the President's plans to win the future by building a clean energy economy here at home.
- December 6, 2010 at 6:31 PM EST
Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, reflects on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
- October 8, 2010 at 4:49 PM EST
Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, looks at the critical role America’s rural communities play not only in our national economy but also in helping to tackle our nation’s toughest energy challenges.
- August 4, 2010 at 4:59 PM EST
Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, discusses a report released stating that the vast majority of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has either evaporated or been burned, skimmed, recovered from the wellhead or dispersed much of which is in the process of being degraded.
- July 28, 2010 at 9:09 AM EST
The White House holds a Clean Energy Economy Forum on Energy Security. Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, provides a wrap-up and discusses the importance of clean energy for our national security.
- June 18, 2010 at 11:45 AM EST
Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, answers questions from the public about the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
- April 20, 2010 at 6:13 PM EST
Join Carol Browner, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, for an opportunity to discuss how the Administration is working to improve the environment, transform American infrastructure for greater energy-efficiency, and build a clean energy economy that supports the jobs of the future.
- April 7, 2010 at 10:12 AM EST
Agriculture Deputy Secretary and Assistant Secretary for the Navy of Energy start energy forums that focus on ways to increase biofuels production and meet the Navy's renewable energy needs.
- April 2, 2010 at 12:20 PM EST
The President visits Celgard, Inc., one of the many manufacturers benefiting from Recovery Act investments for clean energy.