Heather Zichal

Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center

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Climate Change, European Energy Security, US Energy Policy

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Heather Zichal is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Global Energy Center. She is the former deputy assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change.

As President Barack Obama's top White House adviser 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, 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 US Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and US Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ).

During her time in the federal government, Zichal has been a strong and steady voice for policies that reduce United States' dependence on foreign oil, protect public health and environment, and address global climate change.

She grew up in Iowa and is a graduate of Rutgers University.