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.
President Obama announces a series of measures to build foundation for a new clean energy economy and enhance American energy independence.
Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, relays some inspiring progress on wind energy related to the Recovery Act.
Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, looks at the green jobs element of Recovery Act job growth.
Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, kicks off a week's worth of blog posts and online video chat looking at where the Obama Administration has been, where we are, and where we're headed on major issues facing America.
The President and key officials are preparing to attend the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen next month, continuing the Administration's commitment to tackling climate change and building a clean energy economy.
A walk back through what the Administration was up to during October.
The President challenges America to lead the global economy in clean energy in order to create new jobs at home, free us from dependence on foreign oil, and make us more secure.
Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Heather Zichal shares her experience addressing the Business Council for Sustainable Energy about the President's commitment to building a greener economy.