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Heather Zichal White House climate and energy adviser

Zichal has her hands full making the rounds as President Obama’s energy and climate liaison to Capitol Hill.  

She spent much of the summer coordinating the president’s agenda with Democrats in Congress, setting strategy on the front end for a long battle with Republicans over new rules intended to combat climate change.

She’s also taken on a high-profile role defending the president’s plans in public, a job that is sure to grow in importance as the Environmental Protection Agency prepares to issue sweeping limits on greenhouse gas emissions. 

Zichal also brings an international perspective to her work, having served as a legislative director to Secretary of State John Kerry when he was in the Senate. Obama will need Zichal’s salesmanship and savvy on the international stage as he seeks to bring U.S. allies along for his second-term climate push.

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