First President Obama snatched up Van Jones from Green for All to be Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the Council for Environmental Quality. And now he's hired Alliance for Climate Protection CEO Cathy Zoi to serve as Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy in the Department of Energy, pending her confirmation. Maggie Fox will take Zoi's place as CEO of Al Gore's climate advocacy group.Zoi leadership has been impressive. In her brief time there, the Alliance launched the "We" Campaign, which has become one of the largest climate solutions groups in the country. Vice President Gore and Zoi created the "Repower America" challenge, an energy plan to "repower" the US with 100% clean electricity within 10 years.
According the Alliance, Zoi's resume is deep:
Prior to joining the Alliance, Zoi spent two decades in the energy and environmental sectors in the United States and Australia, serving in leadership positions in both business and government. During the Clinton administration, Cathy served as Chief of Staff in the White House Office on Environmental Policy. She was also a manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she pioneered the Energy Star Program.
The Alliance's new CEO is Maggie Fox, a longtime advocate for numerous national issue, political and environmental campaigns. Fox was the president of America Votes, the largest voter mobilization effort in the country. Prior to that, she worked as deputy ED of the Sierra Club.
The Alliance has been making waves recently, announcing that they are greatly expanding their field presence with the goal of getting climate legislation passed this year. Steve Hildebrand, of the Obama campaign, and Steve Bouchard, another campaign veteran, have been tapped to grow the organization.
More on President Obama and the environment:
Van Jones Gets Green Gig in White House
Guide to the Green Projects in Obama's Economic Stimulus Bill