Carol Browner

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Carol Browner
Occupation Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change
Employer Obama Adminstration
Location Washington D.C.

Carol Browner was named by president-elect Barack Obama to be assistant to the president for energy and climate change in December 2008.[1] Some jokingly refer to her as "Climate Czarina."

Browner, who worked with Al Gore on climate and environmental issues, has said that climate change is "the greatest challenge ever faced" and has called for a cap-and-trade structure to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.[2] Born in 1955 in Miami, Browner previously served as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clinton administration and was the longest serving administrator in the history of the agency, serving both Clinton terms from 1993 to 2001.

Most recently, Browner was a founding member and principal of the Albright Group, a global strategy firm lead by form US Secretary of State Madeline Albright. And in 2008, she joined the board of APX. Browner is currently chair of the board of the National Audubon Society and a board member of the Alliance for Climate Protection and League of Conservation Voters.[3]


From 1991 to 1993, Browner was Secretary of Florida's Department of Environmental Regulation, one of the nation's largest state environmental agencies.

From 1986 to 1988, Browner worked in Washington for then-Senator Lawton Chiles, the late Governor of Florida. She also served as Legislative Director for then-Senator Al Gore.

She served as General Counsel for the Florida House of Representatives Government Operations Committee in 1980.


Browner graduated from the University of Florida in 1977 and then earned a degree from its law school in 1979.


  1. Energy Czar: Carol Browner. Time.
  2. Title, but Unclear Power, for a New Climate Czar. New York Times.
  3. Transition talk: A-Carol-ing we go. Grist.