President-elect Joe Biden will name Gina McCarthy as his White House climate czar, a source familiar with the decision tells CNN, making the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency his top domestic climate coordinator.
McCarthy, who currently serves as the head of the Natural Resources Defense Council, will lead Biden’s newly formed Office of Domestic Climate Policy, a source said.
The source added that Ali Zaidi, currently New York’s Deputy Secretary of Energy and Environment, will serve as White House Deputy Climate Coordinator. Zaidi served in different climate focused roles in the Office of Management and Budget and White House Domestic Policy Council during the Obama administration.
Biden has said he will prioritize combating the climate crisis as president.
McCarthy joins former Secretary of State John Kerry, who the President-elect named his special presidential envoy for climate, as top Biden officials tasked with addressing the issue. Kerry is expected to focus on the foreign policy and international aspects of the climate crisis, while McCarthy will focus on domestic issues.