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Obama to Name Out LA Deputy Mayor to Environmental Post

A Democratic aide has confirmed to The Advocate that President-elect Obama is preparing to name openly gay Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Nancy Sutley as a senior member of his environmental team, as reported Wednesday by the The Los Angeles Times.

Sutley, who currently serves as deputy mayor of energy and the environment, will be named chairwoman of the Council of Environmental Quality, which helps develop environmental policy and advises the White House on such matters.

The announcement comes at a time when gay Democrats have been beginning to express concerns over the absence of LGBT representation in President-elect Obama’s senior-level appointees. Sutley originally supported Sen. Hillary Clinton in the primaries and was a member of her Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Steering Committee in California. But following the election, Obama asked her to join a team that is reviewing the Environmental Protection Agency. She will become the first out person named to a prominent position in the administration by President-elect Obama.

Sutley has a rich background in environmental public policy at both the federal and state levels, having served on the California State Water Resources Control Board, as energy advisor to Governor Gray Davis, and as the Deputy Secretary for Policy and Intergovernmental Relations within the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As an appointee to the EPA, she helped shape water and air pollution policy, lobbied Congressional leadership, and formulated budget and legislative priorities. (Kerry Eleveld,


Written by kickingalion

December 10, 2008 at 4:27 pm

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