Jane Lubchenco Joins Biden All-Star Climate Team

Former NOAA Administrator and EDF board member appointed to White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

March 22, 2021
Tad Segal, (202) 572-3549, tsegal@edf.org

“President Biden continues to assemble an all-star climate team with the appointment of Dr. Jane Lubchenco to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, as Deputy Director for Climate and Environment.

“Dr. Lubchenco’s selection is a triumph for evidence-based policymaking. Her scientific expertise and experience, coupled with deep insight into a wide range of environmental issues, will be an enormous asset to the administration’s all-of-government approach to climate solutions. During her exemplary leadership of NOAA from 2009 to 2013 she demonstrated the rare ability to harness the power of science to design practical policies that improve people’s lives.

“In partnership with OSTP Director-designate Dr. Eric Lander and Deputy Director for Science and Society Dr. Alondra Nelson, Dr. Lubchenco will work toward climate and environmental solutions that promote health, economic recovery, equity and sustainability. She understands the intertwined nature of these issues — particularly the connection between the health of our ocean and our planet — and the need to design policies that protect all Americans, particularly those who have long faced a greater burden of pollution.

“I know Jane well from her time on EDF’s board of trustees, and like many at EDF I benefited greatly from her advice and counsel. I know she will be guided by science and the public interest. As a working scientist, she has dedicated her career to the advancement of learning, using it to ensure that both people and nature can thrive. Her many academic appointments and awards — including a MacArthur ‘genius’ award and more than fifteen honorary degrees — are a testament to her vast achievements and her sheer brilliance. Her sound judgment will be invaluable as the Biden-Harris administration focuses on solutions to the climate crisis and our other great environmental challenges.”

  • Amada Leland, Executive Vice President, Environmental Defense Fund

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