Democratic sources tell ABC News that President-elect Barack Obama will name Nancy Sutley, Los Angeles’s deputy mayor for energy and environment, to chair his White House’s Council on Environmental Quality.
The CEQ advises the President and Vice President on national and international environmental policy matters and works to ensure that federal agencies operate efficiently and in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa turned to Sutley to help him in his goal to transform L.A. into “the greenest big city in America," and Sutley has been on the case, retrofitting 500 of the city’s oldest buildings to make them more energy efficient and imposing environmental standards on new large commercial buildings.
Sutley was an energy advisor to Gov. Gray Davis, was deputy secretary for policy and intergovernmental relations within the California Environmental Protection Agency, and served on the California State Water Resources Control Board.
During the Democratic primaries, Sutley was on Sen. Hillary Clinton’s California Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender steering committee. The move by President-elect Obama to appoint someone who is a gay rights activist to a prominent position in his administration came after pressure mounting from the LGBT community.
– Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller