Cathy Zoi has had a long career promoting renewable energy and fighting climate change, and is now President Barack Obama’s nomination to be the Energy Department’s assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, the White House said on Friday.
She became the CEO at the Alliance for Climate Protection in January 2007, which was established by former Vice President Al Gore. The organization’s goal was to persuade Americans about the urgency and solutions of global warming.
“I have been both honored and humbled to work with the Alliance and the many passionate people, starting with the Vice President, who continue to guide this smart, effective campaign to address global warming,” Zoi said. “This year, we have an enormous opportunity to affect change in Washington – change that will bolster the new energy economy and help us solve our economic and climate crises at the same time. While I am sad to be leaving the Alliance, I am grateful to President Obama for this opportunity to serve and continue our nation’s transition to a clean energy economy.”
Now that Zoi has been nominated by the President to serve as Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy in the Department of Energy. Her replacement back at ACCP will be Maggie Fox.
Before that Zoi served as group executive director at the Bayard Group, which was recently renamed Landis+Gyr Holdings. The firm is a world leader in energy measurement technologies and has operations in 30 countries.
She was also a manager at the Environmental Protection Agency where she pioneered the Energy Star Program.
In the video after the jump Cathy Zoi, talks while she was the CEO of the We Campaign. She talks about helping pass an economic recovery bill with unprecedented support for clean energy and green jobs. She then looks ahead to what will be a landmark year for Repowering America and solving the climate crisis.